Meet Astronaut Al WordenFeb 15, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019 Kennedy Space Center
NASA selects astronauts from a diverse pool of applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds from scientists to pilots. From the thousands of applications received, only a few are chosen to be a member of the elite NASA Astronaut Corps. Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visitors get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts.
You may meet the Astronaut of the Day at any of the following opportunities. See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.
- The daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for a presentation from the astronaut and a discussion, so bring your questions and your camera.
- Visitors can also get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop at various times during the day.
- With an additional purchase, visitors can enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch and group presentation during Dine With An Astronaut. Offered at noon daily, lunch includes a question and answer session and photo opportunities!
Al Worden was command module pilot for Apollo 15 and a nine-year NASA veteran. Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar-landing mission and the first to use a lunar roving vehicle. During the flight lasting from July 26 until August 7, 1971, Al Worden logged a 38-minute spacewalk outside the Endeavour command model to retrieve film from panoramic and mapping cameras.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Worden was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force beginning his career as a pilot. Upon selection by NASA in April 1966, he served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and backup command module pilot for Apollo 12. Worden is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Al Worden is the author of three books, “Hello Earth! Greetings from Endeavour,” a book of poetry inspired from his flight; “I Want to Know about a Flight to the Moon,” a children’s book; and his autobiography, “Falling to Earth.” Worden also filmed a special with Fred Rogers in 1971 for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, answering children’s questions about going to space. For Al, it is important to inspire youth to grow up with a passion for space