Alfred Worden


Full Name: Alfred Merrill Worden
Born: February 7, 1932 in Jackson, Michigan
Died: March 18, 2020
Joined NASA: April 4, 1966
Left NASA: September 1, 1975
Space Flights: 1
Time in Space: 12 days, 7 hours, 12 minutes
Number of EVAs: 1
Time in Space: 39 minutes


Apollo 9
Assignment: Support Crew & Capcom

Apollo 12
Assignment: Back-up Command Module Pilot & Capcom

Apollo 15
July 26 – August 7, 1971
Assignment: Command Module Pilot
Flight Duration: 12 days, 7 hours, 12 minutes


B.Sc., Military Science, USMA, West Point, 1955
M.Sc., Aeronautical,Astronautical & Instrumentation Engineering, University of Michigan, 1963

Received USAF flight training at Moore AFB and Laredo AFB in Texas and Tyndall AFB, Florida.

1957-1961, Fighter pilot and armaments officer, Andrews AFB, Maryland.

1963, graduated from Randolph AFB Instrument Pilots Instructor School.

1965, graduated from the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School and the Empire Test Pilot School in England.

Served as an instructor at the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School, Edwards AFB, California until selection by NASA.

Following support and back-up duties in Apollo, assigned as prime CMP for Apollo 15.

1971, as CMP of Apollo 15, performed the first deep space EVA in space history when he spent 39 minutes outside Endeavour to retrieve film canisters from the Scientific Instrument Module(SIM) bay on the side of the Service Module.

1972-1973, Senior Aerospace Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.

1973-1975, Chief, Systems Study Division, Ames Research Center.

Retired from NASA in September 1975 to enter private industry.

President, Maris Worden Aerospace Inc.

Staff Vice-President, BG Goodrich Aerospace, Brecksville, Ohio.


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