Astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to set foot on the moon who retired from NASA to blaze new trails as an accomplished artist of lunar landscapes sprinkled with moon dust, died Saturday at Houston Methodist Hospital. He was 86.
Family members said Bean, the last living member of the Apollo 12 crew, suffered from a brief illness after traveling in Indiana two weeks ago. Friends recalled him among the greats of a generation, and also as a genuinely good guy.
“Alan Bean was the most extraordinary person I ever met,” astronaut Mike Massimino said in a statement. “He was a one-of-a-kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter.

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