Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon

Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon

Al Worden, Francis French


As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 venture to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what's greatly considered as the best exploration challenge that people have ever tried. He spent six days orbiting the moon, together with 3 days thoroughly on my own, the main remoted human in life. in the course of the go back from the moon to earth he additionally carried out the 1st spacewalk in deep house, changing into the 1st human ever to determine either the complete earth and moon just by turning his head. The Apollo 15 flight capped an already-impressive occupation as an astronaut, together with very important paintings at the pioneering Apollo nine and Apollo 12 missions, in addition to the perilous flight of Apollo 13.

Nine months after his go back from the moon, Worden obtained a cellphone name telling him he used to be fired and ordering him out of his place of work via the tip of the week. He refused to leave.

What occurred in these 9 months, from being venerated with parades and conferences with global leaders to being unceremoniously fired, has been a resource of a lot hypothesis for 4 many years. Worden hasn't ever prior to advised the entire tale round the dramatic occasions that shook NASA and ended his spaceflight occupation. Readers will research them right here for the 1st time, besides the exhilarating account of what it's wish to trip to the moon and again. it is an unprecedentedly candid account of what it used to be prefer to be an Apollo astronaut, with all its glory but additionally its pitfalls.

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