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Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon

Apollo 15 artwork showing Worden EVA

Time: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 2:00pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

Astronaut Al Worden is one of only 24 humans that have traveled to the moon. Worden will talk about his experiences as a support crew member for Apollo 9, backup command module pilot for Apollo 12, command module pilot for Apollo 15's mission July 26 - August 7, 1971, and his life following a distinguished spaceflight career. Worden will sign copies of his new book, “Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon,” following the program.

As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During the return from the moon to Earth he also conducted the first spacewalk in deep space, becoming the first human ever to see both the entire Earth and moon simply by turning his head.