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Author Topic:   Al Worden, Apollo astronaut (1932-2020)

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posted 03-18-2020 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Fun guy, a person who was interested in talking to young kids about space, and a Man who Lived Large.



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posted 03-18-2020 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife and I sat at Al's table during a Spacefest banquet in Tucson. His good friend Jim Rathmaan was quite ill at the time and this was very much on his mind.

He had us laughing with a story about his home in Vero Beach being invaded with fiddler crabs after a hurricane. Great conversation and great bbq!

Godspeed Al Worden.


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R.I.P Colonel Worden, you will be missed. Praying for the family.


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Always super friendly and easy to talk to, he will be truly missed.


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What can I say? It hit me pretty hard yesterday when I got the news about Al's death.

I've known him for about 25 years and in that time I've developed a great friendship. Just in the last 6 years I spent almost 3 months with him in Michigan, Florida, Washington DC, Houston and Germany.

I have so many wonderful memories that would fill a book. Above all, there are some traditions that we had.

There would still be so much to write and I will summarize this in another story.

Al you are now on your second and final journey to the stars. I will always remember you fondly and you will live on in my exhibition "Apollo and Beyond" at the Technik Museum Speyer, Germany.

You were a wonderful person and a great role model for me. I will miss you. RIP Al.

Exhibition "Apollo and Beyond" section "The Moon":

Buran OK-GLI flight deck:


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Gutted my grandson met Al last year and was fascinated about his EVA, Al took time to answer his questions, before we left he put his hand on his shoulder and told him there is nothing you cannot do if you only try.

A couple of minutes out of his time, and a memory made forever for a 9 year old boy (and his grandad).

Deepest sympathies to the Worden family.


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Al was the very first astronaut I ever met. I was so lucky to get the chance to meet, speak to, and have a photograph taken with him.

I have a great photo of Al holding my daughter aged 4 at the time... one to treasure.

I enjoyed listening to Al's presentation at Autographica. I have heard many and I have this one down as the best. Very sad we have lost another hero.

A gentleman, hero, pilot and astronaut who had time and patience for anyone he met. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Col Worden's family.


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I am saddened to hear of the passing of Al Worden. He was unique as an astronaut and a poet and as a human being altogether.

I had the good fortune of meeting him on a few occasions. He attended Starmus Zurich last year. His lecture was one of the briefest but certainly the most eloquent, as he treated us to some of his poems. They give such great insight into both his personality and how he experienced his lunar adventure.


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What a class act - great guy who will be missed...


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A super nice and fun guy to talk to. One of the really good ones. I feel lucky to have enjoyed a bit of time with he and his wife Jill back in Spacefest 3. And his book gave me a much greater appreciation for the CMP role than I already had. I'll miss you Al.


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I shared this on Facebook just five weeks ago when he celebrated his 88th birthday:

I've heard people lament that we should have sent artists, poets and writers to the Moon instead of (or in addition to) test pilots. For only those people could adequately share the experience in a way we Earth bound could appreciate.

Well we did.

This is my favorite poem. You'd never know it was written by an aeronautical engineer and test pilot.


In the distance, barely seen,
The thin horizon knifes between
The ocean and the sky.
I know that I could reach it
If I had wings to fly.

Then gazing upwards, far away,
The stars and planets dance and play
In an infinite ocean of space,
Like Sirens of old they beckon me
To join In their embrace.

Close at hand the pelicans pass
As wind whispers softly through the grass
And waves gently stride upon the beach.

The world is calm and peaceful

No further than my reach.

How can I leave this lovely place
To venture forth in outer space?
Consider the dangers I might find

Exploring Ganymede
Another question in my mind.

While I love the scene around
My mind imagines, without bound.
Why I feel the call to roam

Could it be a Lunar flight
is one small step
towards home?

I met Al Worden in 1997 when he along with the other Apollo astronauts were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Honestly "met" is a generous description of the encounter. What happened is I shook his hand and congratulated him like a few hundred other people did.

We actually met ten years later at an autograph show at KSC. He was out back of the building having a smoke when I arrived. I worked up the courage to introduce myself: "Hello Colonel, I'm Tim Gagnon." He replied "call me Al." He laughed when I confessed my apprehension and said "I've heard you have a reputation for zero-tolerance to BS." He said "that's true." Ice broken.

Al is one of the most generous, gracious and kind people you'll ever know.

I'll miss his honest bark of a laugh, the way he greeted me, ("Timmy!") and the generous way he became an ambassador for space exploration and inspiring the next (three) generations after his.

Rest In Peace Al and thank you.


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