NSS to Honor Apollo Astronaut Al Worden at Annual Conference

Astronaut Al Worden

WASHINGTON (NSS PR) — The National Space Society (NSS) has named astronaut Al Worden the 2019 recipient of NSS’ Space Pioneer Award for Historic Space Achievement. Worden flew to the Moon on Apollo 15.

The prestigious award will be presented to Mr. Worden at the Society’s 38th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC®), to be held in the Washington DC area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel from June 6-9, 2019. NSS invites the public to come meet, interact and learn from Al Worden and attend his award ceremony.

For more information, see: isdc2019.nss.org.

This award honors Worden’s service as the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15. He graduated from West Point with a military BS degree in 1955, and then served in the Air Force in various capacities until the mid-sixties, with time off to get two MS degrees from the University of Michigan in 1963. Worden then joined NASA in the group of astronauts selected in 1966. He served as part of an astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and as backup Command Module Pilot for Apollo 12.

Worden flew as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15, the 1971 mission that landed on the Moon near Hadley Rille. This mission was one of the first where lunar geology was the prime objective and Worden logged over 295 hours in space. During the mission, he operated two lunar mapping cameras and six other instruments mounted in the service module’s new Scientific Instrument Module.

After Apollo, Worden worked at NASA Ames from 1972 to 1975, first as Senior Aerospace Scientist and then as chief of the Systems Study Division. After he left NASA, Worden was president of Maris Worden Aerospace, Inc., and then became staff vice president of Goodrich Aerospace in Ohio.

About the Space Pioneer Award

The Space Pioneer award consists of a silvery pewter Moon globe cast by the Baker Art Foundry in Placerville, California, from a sculpture originally created by Don Davis, the well-known space and astronomical artist. The globe, which represents multiple space mission destinations and goals, sits freely on a brass support with a wooden base and brass plaque as shown at right. The support and base are created by renowned sculptor Michael Hall of the Studio Foundry of Driftwood, TX. NSS has several different categories under which the award is presented each year, starting in 1988. Past recipients of the Space Pioneer Award include: Elon Musk, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bigelow, Apollo Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Dr. Michael Griffin, the Rosetta Mission Team, the Kepler-K2 Team, the New Horizons Mission Team and the Voyager Mission Team.