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Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86

Sun May 27, 2018 12:42 am

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... -moon-dies

Hard to imagine that only 4 of the 12 men who walked on the moon are still with us.

Godspeed Alan Bean.
 
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Re: Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86

Sun May 27, 2018 6:43 am

He has seen the world as only 12 other humans have.
Rest in peace Mr, Bean

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Re: Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86

Sun May 27, 2018 9:33 am

Very sad news. He often said he was 'one of the more nervous astronauts', it's also true, again as he liked to mention, that the death in a T-38 crash of C.C. Williams got him a seat on Apollo, when Pete Conrad asked him. Bean was stuck in the Apollo Applications project, which at the time seemed to be going nowhere though later would be a good grounding for Bean's other flight after Apollo 12.
Sad to note the 'fun-loving' crew of Apollo 12 are no more.

Bean commanded the second Skylab manned flight in 1973, the only part of Apollo Applications that was realised, in terms of productivity it was off the scale.

Bean was in line for an early Shuttle flight but his hobby of painting, which began as an Astronaut, became full time and very successful. He painted Apollo related subjects, using texture and some tools (and dust) from his lunar exploration.

Some commentators at the time thought it a shame that it was not possible to send an artist to the Moon to convey in a less science and engineering fashion, the experience, the meaning. Turns out one did go, Alan Bean. RIP.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44268960

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/fami ... -alan-bean
 
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Re: Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86

Sun May 27, 2018 10:50 am

The steady passing of the 'right stuff' astronauts is sad but inevitable.Clearly Trump has stated 'the moon' is the mission.
Very soon NASA will have a rocket capable of getting there and back with enough throw weight to take a lander.One gets the clear impression that NASA doesn't really want to go there (just an orbiting base to go to Mars).But the passing of these fine and brave astronauts may be the tipping point where they do land on the Moon first.Particularly as China seems keen to do it.
 
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Re: Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86

Sun May 27, 2018 11:39 am

parapente wrote:
The steady passing of the 'right stuff' astronauts is sad but inevitable.Clearly Trump has stated 'the moon' is the mission.
Very soon NASA will have a rocket capable of getting there and back with enough throw weight to take a lander.One gets the clear impression that NASA doesn't really want to go there (just an orbiting base to go to Mars).But the passing of these fine and brave astronauts may be the tipping point where they do land on the Moon first.Particularly as China seems keen to do it.


I expect you will have seen Musk's presentation last year, at the IAC. On screen flashes up a depiction of BFR's on the Moon and Musk comments, 'it's 2017, whay haven't we got a Lunar Base, what's going on?'
Couldn't put it better.
 
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Re: Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86

Mon May 28, 2018 7:23 am

parapente wrote:
The steady passing of the 'right stuff' astronauts is sad but inevitable.Clearly Trump has stated 'the moon' is the mission.
Very soon NASA will have a rocket capable of getting there and back with enough throw weight to take a lander.One gets the clear impression that NASA doesn't really want to go there (just an orbiting base to go to Mars).But the passing of these fine and brave astronauts may be the tipping point where they do land on the Moon first.Particularly as China seems keen to do it.


SF author Jerry Pournelle:
it is breat to be in the generation that saw a first manned moon landing.
I did not expect to also see the last man on the moon.
Murphy is an optimist

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