Falling To Earth

Falling To Earth

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 31 B&W PHOTOS
  • 158834309X
  • 9781588343093
  • 694,746

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"Very few of us flew to the moon, and the stories we brought back with us are special, treasured, and unique. Al is both a pilot and a poet, and his honest portrayal of our exhilarating adventures will move and excite a whole new generation." Buzz Aldrin, Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 astronaut, author of "Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon "KIRKUS REVIEWS With the assistance of space historian French (co-author: "In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969," 2007, etc.), astronaut Worden, commander of the Apollo 15 module, writes that "it is time to...set the record straight" about the scandal that ended his career in space flight.The author flew under Colonel Dave Scott with Jim Irwin on the successful 1971 NASA trip to the Moon. When they returned to Earth, the crew found themselves in the midst of a scandal, accused of being paid to take souvenir items into space. Although they denied this, they were groundedrshow more

About Alfred M. Worden

AL WORDEN served as a support crew member for Apollo 9, backup command module pilot for Apollo 12, and command module pilot for Apollo 15's mission July 26 - August 7, 1971. After retirement from active duty in 1975, Worden spent years in private industry before becoming the Chair of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. He lives in Vero Beach, Florida. FRANCIS FRENCH is director of education for the San Diego Air & Space Museum and co-author of the award-winning books "Into that Silent Sea" and I"n the Shadow of the Moon."show more

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