Al Worden visits Glenstal

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Al Worden, one of only 24 astronauts to fly to the Moon, visited Glenstal on the 7th of October. He was welcomed by the Headmaster Fr William, Vice Principal Mr Trevor Fitzgerald and School Captain Rory Clarke.

Worden spoke at the morning assembly about his experiences as an Astronaut. A native of Michigan USA, and now in his early eighties, he was the Command Module pilot for the lunar mission, which also saw him perform the first deep-space EVA during Apollo 15’s homeward journey. He is one of five men (and the only one still living) who flew further from Earth than others when his Apollo 15 command module (Endeavour) travelled to the far side of the Moon in 1971. Worden has  been listed as the “Most isolated human being” in the Guinness Book of World Records for his time alone in the command module. Worden had no communication with Earth while alone in the spacecraft for three days on the far side of the moon.

 

Worden has visited Limerick a few times and has connections with Lough Gur. His lecture was interspersed withimg_6540 inspiring human interest stories.  He spoke about his training as a pilot in the Air Force and how he entered the astronaut training programme late in life at 35 years of age. He mentioned how he was awestruck when he saw the moon and earth in alignment from his command module for the first time and he urged students to think big and follow their dreams to reach their maximum potential.

Mr Worden received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1971. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and US Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1983 and 1997, respectively.

 

 

 

 

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