RIP Moonwalker Alan Bean who sadly passed away yesterday, May 26th 2018.

Alan Bean was the first astronaut I ever met. The most warm, personable and the funniest. I remember him talking about his experiences on the moon, his wife Leslie, his two dogs ET and Moonbeam and how he wanted to play a joke on scientists by pretending to have found an arrowhead on the moon! Then played a joke on the audience when he left the room with his microphone on! Rest in peace, it was a pleasure to meet you.

The original post below is a condensed version of the meet and talk I attended.


Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

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  1. I actually got to see Bean speak in Pasadena about 12 years ago, along with the late Wally Schirra (who was a real character). Bean was giving a slideshow tour of his space artwork, and it was mesmerizing. I remember Jodie Foster’s line in contact about how “they should’ve sent a poet”; with Alan Bean, they did something just as appropriate; they sent an artist.

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