We knew it was going to be difficult to get to the Moon. We didn't know how difficult.

Alan Bean, Apollo 12 LM Pilot

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Alan L. Bean was born in Wheeler, Texas, on March 15, 1932. He graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas and in 1955 received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Texas. At the university Bean was an ROTC student and was commissioned upon graduation.

After completing flight training, Bean was assigned to a jet attack squadron at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. He later attended the Navy Test Pilot School and flew as a test pilot for several types of Navy aircraft. In October 1963, Alan Bean was selected by NASA to be an astronaut. He holds eleven world records in space and astronautics. Captain Bean has flown 27 types of military aircraft as well as many civilian airplanes. He has logged more than 7,145 hours flying time, including 4,890 hours in jet aircraft.

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