Worden, Al

1971 Apollo 15 moon mission Command Module Pilot

Price: $25.00

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(1932-2018), Colonel USAF (Ret.), US astronaut and engineer, Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot 1971. USMA 1955, commissioned in the Air Force. One of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966, he was a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and backup Command Module Pilot for Apollo 12. Worden was Apollo 15 (July 26-Aug. 7, 1971) Command Module Pilot with spacecraft commander David R. Scott and Lunar Module pilot James B. Irwin. It was the 4th manned lunar landing mission, 1st to visit and explore the Hadley Rille and Montes Apennius on the SE edge of the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains). Apollo 15's achievements include: largest payloads placed in earth and lunar orbits; 1st scientific instrument module bay flown and operated on an Apollo spacecraft; longest lunar surface stay time (lunar module Falcon remained 66h54m); longest lunar surface EVA (Scott & Irwin each logged 18h35m in 3 excursions onto the lunar surface); longest distance traversed on lunar surface; 1st use of the lunar roving vehicle; 1st use of a lunar surface navigation device (mounted on Rover-1); 1st sub-satellite launched in lunar orbit; 1st EVA from a Command Module during trans-earth coast. Worden logged 38m EVA outside Command Module Endeavour. The astronauts chose the design for their patch but were not allowed to add the Roman numeral for 15 (XV); hey got around this by adding it to the moon's surface in the background. Worden was NASA Ames Research Center Senior Aerospace Scientist 1972-73 and chief of the Systems Study Division 1973-75. After retirement from NASA in 1975, he became an aerospace executive. After the return of Apollo 15, it was discovered that, without authority, the crew had taken 398 commemorative postal covers to the moon, 100 sold to a German stamp dealer, the profits to establish trust funds for the crew's children. Though not illegal, and although NASA turned a blind eye to similar activities on earlier flights, NASA made an example of the crew and none flew in space again. In 1982, Worden ran for Congress and lost in the GOP primary; he sold some postal covers to pay campaign debts. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal 1971 and inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and US Astronaut Hall of Fame 1983 and 1997, respectively. 10 x 8 SP, b&w reproduction of NASA Apollo 15 crew photo in space suits, signed only by Worden.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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