NASA Apollo 15 astronaut Alfred Woden dies at 88

Former astronaut Alfred M. Worden has died in Texas, according tomedia Slash Gear. Walden was a command module pilot on the Apollo 15 mission to the moon. He spent time in orbit, while the other two astronauts were exploring the moon. DURING HIS MORE THAN 295-HOUR SPACE FLIGHT, WALDEN CARRIED OUT THREE SPACEWALKS TO RETRIEVE THE FILM FROM THE ENDEAVOR COMMAND MODULE, NASA SAID.

NASA Apollo 15 astronaut Alfred Woden dies at 88

According to NASA, Walden was a U.S. Air Force colonel who served as a instructor and test pilot before joining NASA in 1966. Woden remained in orbit, while astronaut James B. James B Irwin and Commander David Scott explored the lunar surface.

NASA Administrator Jim Brydonstein said in a statement Wednesday:

NASA extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of Apollo astronaut Alfred Walden, whose achievements in space and on Earth will not be forgotten… “Now I know why I’m here,” Walden said of his mission. Not to observe the moon more closely, but to look back at our home, Earth. We are grateful to the pioneer for his work, which broadens our horizons.

Walden described his time in space and said he would go back to the window to observe Earth each time he entered lunar orbit. Detailing this, Walden said it was a “very unique” experience.

Walden eventually retired in 1975, and later became vice chairman of BF Goodrich Aerospace Brecksville, Ohio, and president of Maris Worden Aerospace, as well as other key positions in the industry.