Apollo 15 astronaut Worden, who circled moon, dies

  • Apollo 15 astronaut Worden, who circled moon, dies

Apollo 15 astronaut Worden, who circled moon, dies

Worden grew up on a farm in rural MI before attending West Point Military Academy, where he graduated in 1955.

Retired astronaut Al Worden, who was once called the "loneliest human being" because of his role as Apollo 11's command module pilot in 1971, died in his sleep in Houston on Tuesday night at the age of 88, his family announced.

Worden served as command module pilot for Apollo 15 with Dave Scott and Jim Irwin.

The highlight of the mission for Worden was when he performed the first deep-space spacewalk 322,000 kilometers above the Earth, inspecting the spacecraft's scientific instrument bay.

NASA confirmed Worden's death with a statement from Jim Bridenstine, the agency's administrator. He then a position as President of Maris Worden Aerospace and was Vice-President of BF Goodrich Aerospace Brecksville, Ohio. He also wrote several books, including a collection of poetry.

"Al was an American hero whose accomplishments in space and on Earth will never be forgotten", Bridenstine said. Eleven Apollo moon travelers are still living, including four moonwalkers.

After Worden left the astronaut program, he moved to NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, where he worked until 1975.

"Of his mission, Worden said, 'Now I know why I'm here". Not for a closer look at the Moon, but to look back at our home, the Earth'.

The video below commemorates Colonel Worden.