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carl walker
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posted 11-20-2010 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon
by Al Worden with Francis French

Foreword by Dick Gordon
Epilogue by Tom Stafford

As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted.

He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During the return from the moon to earth he also conducted the first spacewalk in deep space, becoming the first human ever to see both the entire earth and moon simply by turning his head.

The Apollo 15 flight capped an already-impressive career as an astronaut, including important work on the pioneering Apollo 9 and Apollo 12 missions, as well as the perilous flight of Apollo 13.

Nine months after his return from the moon, Worden received a phone call telling him he was fired and ordering him out of his office by the end of the week. He refused to leave.

What happened in those nine months, from being honored with parades and meetings with world leaders to being unceremoniously fired, has been a source of much speculation for four decades. Worden has never before told the full story around the dramatic events that shook NASA and ended his spaceflight career.

Readers will learn them here for the first time, along with the exhilarating account of what it is like to journey to the moon and back. It's an unprecedentedly candid account of what it was like to be an Apollo astronaut, with all its glory but also its pitfalls.

  • Smithsonian Books, Hardcover, 304 pages
  • On Sale: July 12, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-58834-309-3 (1-58834-309-X)

Frederic Janik
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posted 11-20-2010 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frederic Janik   Click Here to Email Frederic Janik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, looking forward to this one!

alanh_7
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posted 11-20-2010 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sat beside Francis at the ASTP lunch at the ASF weekend two weeks ago and asked him what he had coming up. He advised it was a book about the Apollo program. But he could not say any more yet.

I have to assume this is the project. I cannot wait to grab a copy.

AstroAutos
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posted 11-20-2010 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent news..I was wondering if Worden would ever write an autobiography along with his book of poems - and glad to see Francis is involved too!

MCroft04
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posted 11-20-2010 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agree with the comments above. Should be a wonderful book!

randyc
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posted 11-20-2010 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any chance that copies signed by Al Worden and Francis French will be available either from the Smithsonian, this website or the Space Store?

divemaster
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posted 11-20-2010 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We'll just have to wait and see, won't we!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-21-2010 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Details about book signings should be revealed in 2011 and will be listed on collectSPACE, under Sightings and on this forum, when available.

Kite
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posted 11-21-2010 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having twice been in attendance at two different talks by Al Worden I cant wait for this book to be published. With Francis French assisting it has to be a winner.

divemaster
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posted 11-21-2010 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Updates will post to Al's web site as they become available.

tegwilym
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posted 11-22-2010 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another book by Francis. I'm looking forward to reading this too!

onesmallstep
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posted 11-22-2010 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Francis is fast becoming the James Patterson of Space history (as far as book output, that is). I will surely read it and hope to meet him and Al Worden at a book signing..

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posted 11-22-2010 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, too, am looking forward to this book! I also hope they work with Easton Press to add it to their library of signed, leather bound edition astronaut books.

Paul23
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posted 11-23-2010 04:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news, if this is half as good as his talks have been then we should be on to a winner!

albatron
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posted 11-23-2010 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too am looking forward to this. A few of us had been hounding him for years to get out "the other side" (factual) of the story. I'm just going to leave it at that.

Some folks will not be happy to read this.

Al has deserved better.

cspg
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posted 11-24-2010 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the amazon.com listing.

divemaster
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posted 11-24-2010 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since the cat is now out of the bag, Al has updated his website with a little of the book info. More will be posted as it's available.

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posted 11-24-2010 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, what a nice surprise. I have been awaiting this long rumored book for many years now.

divemaster
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posted 11-29-2010 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For people outside of the US to preorder the book or add it to their Amazon wish list, there is now an Amazon UK book link.

And for France, Germany, Canada and Japan. Coming soon (we hope!) in Italy.

BA002
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posted 11-30-2010 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news indeed! Just pre-ordered my copy. I'm counting on it being as interesting and fun as Al Worden is in person!

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posted 11-30-2010 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking very forward to the book being published. Hopefully there will be signed copies available from Farthest Reaches.

It is very nice that Al has used the same cover photo he had on his book of poetry, "Hello Earth" on this new release.

David Bryant
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posted 12-03-2010 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Bryant   Click Here to Email David Bryant     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Col. Worden told us all about this book at Autographica 16: he was full of praise for Francis French and the encouragement given by Gen Stafford.

Can't wait to read it! (And to add it to my inventory!)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-05-2010 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A message from Al Worden and Francis French...
Thank you very much to everyone on collectSPACE for the very kind and supportive words about this forthcoming book. We're also very thankful to the many space experts and astronauts who assisted and confirmed information for us. We know you are going to enjoy this adventure to the moon and back, with many other stories along the way.

We've been very touched by the large number of pre-orders rolling in to the Amazon sites in the US and overseas, plus Barnes & Noble. We look forward to keeping people updated with the latest news both here and at alworden.com.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays to you all, and we hope Santa delivers lots of space goodies down your chimney, wherever you are!

MCroft04
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posted 12-06-2010 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This book has the potential to be one of the best astronaut biography/autobiography books yet. Why?

Francis has proven himself to be a very knowledgeable and excellent writer. Plus, Al Worden is one of the most fun loving people I have ever met; very down to earth (hence the title I guess ) and serious, but also a wonderful sense of humor.

I'm itching to read it!

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posted 01-13-2011 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope that Al and Francis will autograph copies (perhaps for ASF).

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posted 01-19-2011 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see that Al has updated his web site with the following message:
The web sites below are already taking pre-orders. All of them have Facebook buttons too, and many of them have Twitter and other social media buttons. Pressing them, and adding the book to your online wish list, really helps us raise the profile of this book and spread the word about it through grassroots efforts. Thank you!
I have clicked the Facebook "share" buttons on the Random House, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders pages, and I encourage everyone here who is on Facebook and Twitter to do the same, because it is true - if we want to see space books continue to be published, we need to help spread the word about them. Even the Amazon international links have Facebook buttons.

divemaster
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posted 02-10-2011 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New cover art for "Falling to Earth" has been posted to Al's website.

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posted 02-11-2011 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon was fast to react! Much better cover.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-11-2011 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have updated the cover art at the top of this thread. The original cover art can still be seen here.

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posted 02-11-2011 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the look of that new cover, can't wait to read this book!

divemaster
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posted 02-11-2011 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe I'm getting old - but the old cover reminded me of the famous cover from National Geographic. However, I can understand putting a face to a title.

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posted 02-28-2011 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Farthest Reaches is very pleased to announce that we will be offering signed copies of "Falling To Earth" by Astronaut Al Worden with Francis French... but with a twist.

For ordering information and further details, see this thread under Buy, Sell, Trade.

bruce
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posted 04-14-2011 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Local boy makes good flying!

Jackson Citizen Patriot: Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden who was born in Jackson has written an autobiography

Forty summers ago, Al Worden became one of Jackson's greatest heroes when he flew to the moon on Apollo 15.

This summer, Worden plans to return to his hometown when he releases "Falling to Earth," an autobiography describing both his glorious moon mission and a subsequent fall from grace at NASA.

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posted 05-22-2011 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to give a heads up on an article in the latest Air&Space (also appears on their website).

The magazine has a piece on Apollo 15 flight and highlights the upcoming book "Falling to Earth" By Al Worden and Francis French.

A very nice article.

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posted 05-22-2011 01:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just read that snippet. Going to be a great book. Wish I could get the chance to meet him one day. Won't be able to go to the Apollo 15 40th or any of the other events this summer. I'll have to keep my eyes out for any chance I get to meet him. Hope he does a book signing near Philly because I would love to go up to see him for that.

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Yeah, he certainly is an amazing and entertaining guy. I'd say jump at any opportunity you can find. I saw him earlier this year when he visited my university (and helped troubleshoot his Mac and give him a short tour) then again at the AHOF induction at KSCVC. I've already pre-ordered, can't wait for the release.

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posted 05-23-2011 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Air and Space (Smithsonian) did an excerpt from this book in this months issue. Nice preview of things to come.

It's too bad in their predicate they had to focus on the negativity of the stamps issue.

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posted 05-23-2011 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And don't forget Al's Facebook page for the book.

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posted 05-23-2011 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From collectSPACE's front page:
To promote advance sales of the book, Worden has partnered with Farthest Reaches to offer copies signed by the authors and with a bonus surprise — a surprise that is, until now. In an exclusive, collectSPACE presents "Rising From Earth," a previously unpublished poem that Worden penned about the first last flight of the ship Endeavour.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-26-2011 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by alanh_7:
I just wanted to give a heads up on an article in the latest Air&Space.
The article includes a photo of Worden at last November's Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show, signing a print of the moon. The full frame version of the photo (as appears in the image gallery) shows it was signed by quite a number of Apollo astronauts, including Walt Cunningham, Frank Borman and Alan Bean.

Just out of idle curiosity, does the poster belong to a cS member/reader?


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