Alan Bean

Astronaut Alan L. Bean, Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission, holds a container filled with lunar soil collected while exploring the lunar surface. Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr., commander, who took this picture, is reflected in the helmet visor.

Credits: NASA


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(6 Oct. 1969) — Two members of the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission participate in lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) simulations in the Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Flight Crew Training Building. Here, astronauts Charles Conrad Jr. (right), commander; and Alan L. Bean, lunar module pilot, simulate a photographic inspection of the unmanned Surveyor 3 spacecraft. The inspection of Surveyor 3, which has been resting on the moon’s Ocean of Storms since April 1967, is an important objective of the Apollo 12 mission. Selected pieces will be cut from Surveyor 3 and brought back to Earth for scientific examination.

“It was real cute. So I looked on a few other pages and, sure enough, there was a few more in there. So I ran over to where Pete was–I didn’t say anything on the air–and pointed to mine and he pointed to his and we laughed with each other. But we didn’t say a word, because we knew there was gonna be some little old ladies back on Earth that would be very upset that their tax dollars had sent Playboy bunnies up there to the Moon”

— Apollo 12 LMP Alan Bean

MOONWALKERS - ALL 12.NASA color photograph, 10 by 8 inches, of the Apollo 16 Command Module orbiting the moon with an Earth rise in the background. EXTREMELY RARE, SIGNED BY ALL 12 MOONWALKERS: ALAN BEAN, ALAN SHEPHARD, NEIL ARMSTRONG, BUZZ ALDRIN, GENE CERNAN, CHARLIE DUKE, HARRISON SCHMITT, JIM IRWIN, EDGAR MITCHELL, CHARLES CONRAD, DAVE SCOTT, and JOHN YOUNG to Simon. Photographs signed by all of the men who walked on the surface of the moon in the 20th century are impossible to duplicate today as only 8 of the moonwalkers are still living. They are extremely rare and desirable. In this photograph, all 12 men have signed on the image of the lunar surface.