Former astronaut Al Worden, command module pilot on the Apollo 15 lunar landing, passed away March 18, 2020, in Texas.​

As command module pilot, Worden stayed in orbit while commander David Scott and lunar module pilot Jim Irwin explored the Moon’s Hadley Rille and Appennine Mountains. Apollo 15’s command module, dubbed Endeavour, was the first to have its own module of scientific instruments. During the flight back from the Moon, Worden made three spacewalks to retrieve film from cameras in the module. Altogether, Worden logged more than 295 hours in space.

In this image, Worden relaxes in the life raft while awaiting a helicopter pickup after the successful splashdown of the Apollo 15 spacecraft.

Worden was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Jackson, Michigan. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1955. He earned master of science degrees in astronautical/aeronautical engineering and instrumentation engineering from the University of Michigan in 1963. In 1971, the University of Michigan awarded him an honorary doctorate of science in astronautical engineering.

Before becoming an astronaut, Worden was an instructor at the Aerospace Research Pilots School. He had also served as a pilot and armament officer from March 1957 to May 1961 with the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.

Worden was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and as backup command module pilot for Apollo 12.

After leaving the astronaut corps, Worden moved to NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He was the Senior Aerospace Scientist there from 1972-73, and then chief of the Systems Study Division until 1975.

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. Worden wrote several books: a collection of poetry, “Hello Earth: Greetings from Endeavour” in 1974; a children’s book, “I Want to Know About a Flight to the Moon”, also in 1974; and a memoir, “Falling to Earth,” in 2011. His interest in educating children about space led to an appearance on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”.

宇航员艾尔·沃登,阿波罗15号登月时的指挥舱飞行员,于2020年3月18日在德克萨斯州去世。

作为指挥舱飞行员,沃登留在轨道上,而指挥官卫·斯科特和登月舱飞行员吉姆·欧文探索了月球的哈德利·里尔和阿彭宁山脉。阿波罗15号的指挥舱,被称为奋进号,是第一个拥有自己的科学仪器模块的航天器。在从月球返回的过程中,沃登进行了三次太空行走,从舱里的照相机中取回胶卷。沃尔登总共在太空中飞行了295个小时。

在这张图片中,在阿波罗15号宇宙飞船成功溅落后,沃登在救生筏上休息,等待直升机来接他。

沃登于1932年2月7日出生于密歇根州杰克逊。他于1955年毕业于西点军校(美国军事学院)。他于1963年在密歇根大学获得了航天/航空工程和仪器工程理学硕士学位。1971年,密歇根大学授予他航天工程荣誉博士学位。

在成为一名宇航员之前,沃登曾在航空航天研究飞行员学校任教。从1957年3月到1961年5月,他还在马里兰州安德鲁斯空军基地的第95战斗机拦截中队担任飞行员和武器军官。

沃登是美国国家航空航天局1966年4月选出的19名宇航员之一。他曾是阿波罗9号的宇航员支持小组成员和阿波罗12号的备用指挥舱飞行员。

离开宇航员团队后,沃登搬到了位于加州山景城的美国宇航局艾姆斯研究中心。从1972-73年开始,他是那里的高级航空航天科学家,之后一直担任系统研究部主任,直到1975年。

在1975年从现役退休后,Worden担任Maris Worden Aerospace,Inc.的总裁,并担任俄亥俄州BF Goodrich Aerospace Brecksville的副总裁,此外还担任航空航天行业的其他职位。沃登写了几本书:1974年的诗集《你好,地球:来自奋进的问候》。也是在1974年出版的儿童读物“我想知道关于飞往月球的事”;以及2011年的回忆录《坠落的地球》。他对教育儿童太空知识的兴趣导致他在“太空先生:罗杰斯的邻居”节目中露面。

Video: NASA Remembers Apollo Astronaut Al Worden
YouTube: https://youtu.be/8UhnO53XoHM
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