The Incredible Story Of The Astronaut Who Spent 1,671 Hours In Space And Walked On The Moon

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Astronaut Alan Bean had an illustrious career with NASA, but then he threw it all away to pursue a radically different direction.

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The year is 1965, the date November 14. A violent rainstorm sweeps across the Kennedy Space Center in Florida just as Apollo 12 is due to launch, bound for the Moon. As it heads towards the sky, a flash of lightning travels right through the rocket, swiftly followed by a second strike. Our story is about one of those aboard the ship: Alan Bean. He might well have wondered if his spacecraft would ever reach its destination.

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