Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86

WASHINGTON - JULY 20: Apollo Astronaut, Alan Bean of Apollo 12, speaks at NASA Headquarters on July 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the first moon landing and moon on walk by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin which took place on July 20, 1969.

HOUSTON, Tx. — Astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died.

A statement released by NASA and family members says Bean died Saturday in Houston after a short illness. He was 86.

Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, which made the second moon landing in 1969.

He then commanded the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in 1973. On that mission, he orbited the Earth for 59 days.

Bean spent a total of 69 days in space, including 31 hours on the moon.

His wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in the statement he died peacefully surrounded by those who loved him.