Nasa Apollo astronaut touches down in Shannon

Nasa Apollo astronaut touches down in Shannon

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Al Worden photographed with space enthusiast, Alex Cronin (12) from Feakle Co Clare outside arrivals at Shannon Airport yesterday. Photo Arthur Ellis.
Al Worden photographed with space enthusiast, Alex Cronin (12) from Feakle Co Clare outside arrivals at Shannon Airport yesterday. Photo Arthur Ellis.

Space travel icon Al Worden touched down at Shannon Airport last evening ahead of two days of engagements in the Mid-West.

Worden is one of just 24 people to have flown to the moon and was one of five men and the only one still living who flew further from the earth than any others when their Apollo 15 command module travelled to the far side of the Moon in 1971.

Worden was the Command Module pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission. Worden also performed the first deep-space EVA during Apollo 15’s homeward journey.

In 2011, Worden’s memoir Falling To Earth made the top 12 of the LA Times Bestseller list.


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