CBS News reports that Alan Bean, a Navy test pilot and astronaut who walked on the moon before spending two months aboard America’s first space station, died Saturday at age 86.
NASA confirmed Bean’s death in a statement to CBS News, saying the former astronaut died at Houston Methodist Hospital after a short illness.
CBS News reports that his wife, Leslie Bean, said in a statement to NASA that, “Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew. He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly. … Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him.”