Bean and Conrad gathered lunar samples, set up science experiments and collected pieces of the 1967 Surveyor 3 probe, which was near their landing site. NASA scientists wanted to study how more than two years on the Moon had affected the probe.
Since retiring, Bean has made many paintings of the Moon and astronauts. On his website, Bean describes himself as "the only artist to have walked on the Moon".
Photo: Alan Bean (right) and Pete Conrad train for Apollo 12 (NASA)
An artist walks on the Moon.
James May meets Alan Bean, lunar module pilot on Apollo 12.
James May goes to meet one of only 12 men to have walked on the Moon. Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 and spent over 30 hours on the surface of the Moon.
Alan LaVern Bean (born March 15, 1932), (Capt, USN, Ret.), is an American former naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3. He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at the age of thirty-seven years in November 1969. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second manned mission to the Skylab space station. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, he pursued his interest in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as that of his fellow Apollo program astronauts.