Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon and years later began telling the story of the NASA Apollo missions when they began to return to history, died Saturday at Houston Methodist Hospital. He was 86 years old.
His death was announced by his family in a statement released by NASA. Bean went to the lunar surface in November 1969, four months after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first lunar explorers, in front of Pete Conrad, the mission commander of their Apollo 12 flight.
The Apollo 12 flight as it upset Es was not nearly as dramatic as the pioneering mission of Apollo 1
Twelve astronauts finally went on six moonlit Apollo missions. When Mr. Bean, a former Navy test pilot, left NASA in 1981, he used his long-standing interest in painting to become a full-time artist. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=167 Bean 's brother astronauts were visibly upset over the choice of Art world versus the private business. "I'd say 60 percent of them thought I might have a mid-life crisis," Mr. Bean recalled in his book "Apollo" (1998), written with Andrew Chaikin, in which he reproduced many of his paintings.
"Every artist has the earth or his imagination to inspire his images," said Mr. Bean of the New York Times in 1994. "I have the earth and my imagination, and I'm the first one to do that Moon has too. "
Mr. Bean's pictures are based on his memories, interviews with other astronauts, photos and videos. They included a replica of Mr. Armstrong, who secured an American flag in the moon dust; Mr. Bean stands next to Mr. Conrad on the moon and looks at the earth; Eugene A. Cernan during the Apollo 17 mission in a moonrover and the earth above the moon.
Mr. Bean worked from his home in Houston to accuracy to present the equipment of the astronauts and the prevailing light. His pictures often convey a sense of what it is like to work on the moon, rather than replicate an exact moment. He used color generously instead of the black, gray and white of the lunar area and the sky.
About 45 of Mr. Bean's paintings were displayed in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington in an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the First Lunar Walk. Mr. Bean sold his pictures on his website and had collected up to $ 175,000 for a single painting before, although he received limited attention from critics, The Times reported.
"There is an obvious sincerity, diligence and restraint, coupled with a significant theme the artist knows well, but he does not make it or sensitize it," Roberta Smith wrote in a June 2009 review in The Times the painting on Mr. Bean's website.
But apart from a painting of the Earth viewed from the Moon, the website's offerings are all the same, "she added." This suggests that another artist is working on a formula that makes his efforts commercial and risk-averse. "
Alan LaVern Bean was born in Wheeler, Texas, on March 15, 1932, but grew up in Fort Worth, fascinated as a youngster of model airplanes and received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1955
He received an assignment in Navy Aviation and was selected by NASA as one of 14 new astronauts in October 1963 after completing the Test Pilot School. But he first flew into space with Apollo 12.
Seconds after When the capsule was started, a lightning bolt put out its electrical equipment, but its power was quickly restored, and Mr. Bean and Mr. Conrad made a pinpoint landing on a field e. Ocean of Storms, after flying from the capsule in their lunar module, which was flown by a third astronaut, Richard Gordon, in orbit.
They spent about 7 hours and 45 minutes in which they completed two moonwalks using instruments to study the geology of the moon, installed a nuclear generator to power future experimental equipment, and collected a vast assortment of lunar rocks.
They also reached Surveyor 3, an unmanned lunar probe that flew the moon 31 months ago and cut off parts of it so that NASA could study the influence of the moon on its materials.
The three astronauts, all of them naval commander, jumped three miles from the plane into the Pacific Ocean carrier Hornet. All promoted to the rank of Captain by President Richard M. Nixon
Mr. Bean later commanded the second of three flights to the Skylab Research Laboratory and worked with Jack R. Lousma of the Marine Corps and Owen K. Garriott, a scientist-astronaut, on a mission to study the makeup of the Earth and the Sun's atmosphere.  He retired from the Navy in 1975, but remained with NASA for another six years, overseeing the training of future astronauts.
He leaves behind his second wife, Leslie, and a son, Clay, and a daughter, Amy Sue, from his marriage to his first wife, Sue
Mr. Bean developed his interest in painting as he took art classes early in his naval career. Using plywood covered with slow-curing acrylic paste, he hit the surface with a hammer he had used on the moon to simulate his images of rugged terrain. The images sometimes include footprints from an imprint of the boots he carried on the moon, along with parts of his spacesuit stains and a blast of their moon dust debris.
"You know, people romanticize the moon," Mr. Bean wrote in his book. "But I was there and I can tell you that it's mostly black dirt, but I want it to be the most beautiful black dirt ever painted in art history."
"I do not consider myself an astronaut who paints, "he added," but as an artist who was once an astronaut. "