Martin County Library System Press Releases

October 19, 2009

Moon-Orbiting Astronaut to Speak at Blake 11/10

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                   

DATE:  OCTOBER 19, 2009                                                                                       

                        CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403             

                                                                         

 

ASTRONAUT AL M. WORDEN GUEST SPEAKER

AT BLAKE LIBRARY VETERANS PROGRAM NOV. 10

 

 

WHO:                                The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of Martin County libraries

 

WHAT:             Celebrating Our National Treasures: A Salute to Veterans of All Wars, with:

 

  • Continuous pre-program showing of Apollo XV launch, beginning when doors open at 1:30 p.m.
  • Master of ceremonies Mac McCartney
  • Jensen Beach High School Honor Guard
  • Jensen Beach High School Band, conducted by Tom Dougherty
  • Jensen Beach High School Choir, “Jubilate,” led by James Paul

 

  • Special guest, Al M. Worden, Command Module Pilot, Apollo XV, Col. USAF, Ret.

 

Al M. Worden served as Command Module pilot on the 1971 Apollo moon mission, during which he orbited the moon and took a space walk 200,000 miles from Earth.  He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on October 4, 1977.

 

A complete biography follows.

                               

 

WHEN:             Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. 

 

WHERE:          Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

 

HOW:                No tickets required.  Open to the public.  For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library, or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us.

 

 

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BIOGRAPHY

AL M. WORDEN

 

Al M. Worden served as Command Module pilot on the 1971 Apollo moon mission, during which he orbited the moon and took a space walk 200,000 miles from Earth.

 

Worden was backup Command Module pilot on Apollo 12 before being named to the prime crew of Apollo 15, along with Commander David Scott and Lunar Module pilot Jim Irwin. The trio blasted off on July 26,1971, and Worden orbited the moon alone for three days in the command ship “Endeavour” while Scott and Irwin explored a mountainous region on the edge of the Mare Imbrium, driving the first Lunar Rover on the surface. During this lonesome period, Worden remotely photographed the moon’s surface with two special cameras mounted outside the ship. On the homeward journey, Worden took the farthest-out space walk, moving along handrails on the outside of “Endeavour” to the rear of the ship to retrieve cassettes from the two moon mapping cameras.

 

Following Apollo 15, and before retiring in 1975 from NASA and from the air force as a colonel, he was senior aerospace scientist and later chief of the Systems Studies Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. Al M. Worden was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on October 4, 1977.

 

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