A Day with Al Worden, Apollo Astronaut

07 October 2017

Meet Apollo 15 Astronaut Col. Alfred Merrill Worden, who is one of just 24 people to have flown to the Moon.

Image Credit: NASA

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The National Space Centre, in collaboration with World Space Week, is delighted to welcome Apollo 15 astronaut, Col. Alfred Merrill Worden to the Centre for a day of inspiration, fascinating insights and science.

He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon.

Al Worden has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most isolated human being” during his time alone in the Command Module Endeavour. When the orbiting Command Module he was 2,235 miles away from any other human beings.

He was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971, served as a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 9 flight and as backup command module pilot for the Apollo 12 flight.


Breakfast with an Astronaut – Shuttle Suites

Join Col. Worden for a special breakfast in the Shuttle Suites. Launch into a great day with an opportunity to hear about his Apollo mission, career in the space industry and ask questions.

  • Bacon, hash brown and cheese in a space friendly tortilla wrap (no crumbs)
  • Portobello mushroom, hash brown and cheese in a space friendly tortilla wrap (no crumbs)
  • Selection of fruit juices
  • Tea, coffee and jugs of iced water

£25 per person

(Including breakfast – does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)

10:00 – 11:00

Autograph Session – Shuttle Suites

Something for the collection, or the perfect gift for any space enthusiast or fan. Col. Worden will be signing photos and copies of his book, Falling to Earth.

“In “Falling to Earth,” Al Worden, CMP of Apollo 15, clearly and candidly recounts the wonder, the challenge, the triumph, and the pitfalls of flying to the moon.” Neil Armstrong, Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 astronaut.

£30 per autograph on a 10×8 souvenir photo (provided for you)
£55 for a signed copy of the book
£30 per autograph on any items you bring to the session

(Ticket does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)

11:30 – 12:30

Q&A Session – Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

Take a seat in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium to discover the stories and secrets of the Apollo era, from a man listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most isolated human being”.

£20 per person

(Ticket does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)

14:30 – 15:30
Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

Furthest Deep Space EVA

Worden served as command module pilot for Apollo 15, July 26 – August 7, 1971. Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar landing mission and the first to visit and explore the moon’s Hadley Rille and Apennine Mountains.

During this EVA Worden logged 38 minutes in extravehicular activity outside the command module, “Endeavour”, for which Col. Worden still holds a record for the furthest deep space EVA. In completing his space flight, Worden logged 295 hours and 11 minutes in space.

Image Credit: NASA

After Apollo

During 1972-1973, Worden was Senior Aerospace Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, and from 1973 to 1975, he was chief of the Systems Study Division at Ames in California. After retirement from active duty in 1975, Worden became President of Maris Worden Aerospace, Inc., and was Vice-President of BF Goodrich Aerospace Brecksville, Ohio, in addition to other positions within the aerospace and aviation industries.

He is the author of three books, “Hello Earth! Greetings from Endeavour!” [a book of his poetry inspired by his flight on Apollo 15], “I Want to know about a Flight to the Moon” [a children’s book] and, most recently, his autobiography “Falling to Earth”.

World Space Week

Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 2,700 events in 86 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2016. With our new Theme “Exploring New Worlds in Space” we aim to inspire even more events around the world in October 2017.

“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”
UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
We have created a series of events that are suitable for families, adults and children.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a few minutes’ walk of the Centre.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The National Space Centre – 0116 261 0261.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No, tickets are non-transferable or refundable.

Can I update my registration information?
No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).

What is the refund policy?
All tickets are non-refundable.

This event is subject to change and/or cancellation should Col. Worden become unavailable to attend for any reason. Refunds shall be issued for tickets purchased, but the National Space Centre will not reimburse out of pocket expense, travel or accommodation costs to attend.