Alan Bean is celebrating his 87th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed astronauts of his generation.
Popular astronaut-soldier Alan Bean has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 87th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.
Bean, a cultural icon
Born Alan LaVern Bean in Wheeler on March 15, 1932, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in American history. Bean's not just a great astronaut, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Alan hasn't done.
And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Alan Bean as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 87.
Happy Birthday, Alan, you're the best!
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