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In his paintings Bean showed the passion of his life – space
Died in USA former astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon, told his family. Bina was 86 years old.
After working in NASA, he became a successful artist, and the main theme of his paintings was space.
His family reported that he was ill two weeks ago, when he was in Indiana, and died in a hospital in Houston.
Astronaut Mike Massimino called it Bina the most amazing person he ever met.
"It uniquely combined the technical advances in the role of an astronaut and fine achievements as an artist"”said Massimo, who participated in the first two flights of the space Shuttle.
"We remember astronaut from "Apollo 12" Alan Bina, who walked on the moon in 1969 and ran the crew "Skylab" in 1973. After leaving the service he began to draw the amazing worlds"- said in "Twitter" NASA.
Alan Bina was invited to NASA in 1963. Prior to that he had military aircraft.
He twice flew into space. For the first time – in 1969 – he was the lunar module pilot of the mission "The Apollo 12".
He later told how difficult and risky were the mission: "We took it as science fiction to a much greater extent than ordinary people. We know how difficult this is. We knew how much to do the right thing. It’s like to go through the Sahara desert, to get outside and take a break for a few days. And then hope that the engine starts, because otherwise the end".
In 1969 he was the lunar module pilot of the mission "The Apollo 12"
In 1973, he became the commander of the second manned expedition to the "Skylab" – American orbital station.
He retired from NASA in 1981 and began a career as an artist. His pictures were always a space, you can, for example, to see Shoe marks on the moon and stripes space suit, which left the lunar dust.
"He was not only able to see these amazing moments of history. It is only by the paintings that he, figuratively speaking, sprinkled the moon, said Bi-bi-si, the historian Robert Pearlman. – These pictures immortalized not only him but the whole whole program "Apollo".
To Bina on the moon stepped up Neil Armstrong and buzz Aldrin landed there in the expedition "Apollo 11" in July 1969, and another participant "The Apollo 12" Charles Conrad.
All four of the pioneers alive only Aldrin, who is now 88 years old.
For all the time the lunar program of NASA to the earth flew 24 people, and directly on its stepped surface.