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Alan Bean, moon-walking astronaut and artist, dies aged 86

Alan Bean, moon-walking astronaut and artist, dies aged 86

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Former US astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the Moon, has died in Texas aged 86, his family has said. In later life he became an accomplished artist, producing paintings that were inspired by space.His family said he had fallen ill two weeks ago in Indiana and died peacefully at a hospital in Houston.Astronaut Mike Massimino described Bean as "the most extraordinary person I ever met". "He was a one-of-a-kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter," said Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle missions. Alan Bean, a former US Navy test pilot, was selected by Nasa as a trainee in 1963.He went into space twice, the first time...