Meet Astronaut Al WordenOct 01, 2016 11:00 AM - Oct 05, 2016 12:00 AM Kennedy Space Center
Al Worden was command module pilot for Apollo 15 and a nine-year NASA veteran. Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar-landing mission and the first to use a lunar roving vehicle. During the flight lasting from July 26 until August 7, 1971, Al Worden logged a 38-minute spacewalk outside the Endeavour command model to retrieve film from panoramic and mapping cameras.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Worden was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force beginning his career as a pilot. Upon selection by NASA in April 1966, he served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and backup command module pilot for Apollo 12. Worden is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Al Worden is the author of three books, “Hello Earth! Greetings from Endeavour,” a book of poetry inspired from his flight; “I Want to Know about a Flight to the Moon,” a children’s book; and his autobiography, “Falling to Earth.” Worden also filmed a special with Fred Rogers in 1971 for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, answering children’s questions about going to space. For Al, it is important to inspire youth to grow up with a passion for space
NASA selects astronauts from a diverse pool of applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds from scientists to pilots. From the thousands of applications received, only a few are chosen to be a member of the elite NASA Astronaut Corps. Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, guests get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts.
Included with daily admission -- The daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for discussion, so bring your questions – and your camera. Guests also have the opportunity to get an astronaut’s autograph at one of our retail locations at the Visitor Complex at various times during the day.*
For an additional fee, guests can enjoy a personal presentation by a veteran astronaut and an open question and answer session, at Lunch With An Astronaut offered at noon daily. **
*Astronaut times, dates and schedule are subject to change. See daily schedule for times.**Lunch With An Astronaut is offered at an additional cost plus tax.
Meet Astronaut Al Worden