Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden in Command Module

Alfred Worden

Command Module Pilot

Astronaut Alfred Worden was born in Jackson, Michigan, on February 7th, 1932. He received a bachelor of military science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1955 and master of science degrees in Astronautical/Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1963. Worden graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1955 and, after being commissioned in the Air Force, received flight training.

He served as a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 9 flight and as backup command module pilot for the Apollo 12 flight. Worden also served as command module pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth manned moon landing mission, in 1971. His crew members included spacecraft commander David Scott and lunar module pilot James Irwin. While Irwin and Scott went to the surface, Worden logged 38 minutes in extravehicular activity (EVA) outside the command module while orbiting the moon.