MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 9

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 9
Speaker – Francis French
Space Historian and Educator.
Author of numerous bestselling history books.
Our former patron, Al Worden (RIP) was Command Module Pilot on Apollo 15, the greatest lunar exploration of the Apollo program – with the help of Francis they co-authored the gripping autobiography –
FALLING TO EARTH.
https://www.francisfrench.com/

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 8

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 8
Speaker – Mark Lewney (A Senior Patent Examiner with a PhD in Guitar Acoustics).

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 7

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 7
Speaker – Nick Howes (Lead Research and Development Specialist & Test Analyst – Space SI division – BMT Defence and Security.
Head of Aerolite Meteorites in UK/Europe).

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 6

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 6
Speaker – Heidi Thiemann (a PhD Astronomer at the Open University.
She is also Advisor to SpaceCareers.uk, Director/Co-founder of the Space Skills Allience and Senior Mentor at Space School UK).

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

Remembering MajorTim.space’s Patron – The Renowned Pioneer Whose Work Expanded Our Horizons

MajorTim.space’s patron – Apollo 15 astronaut, Colonel Alfred Merrill Worden (Al) sadly passed away in his sleep on 18th March 2020, age 88.

Al Worden served as Command Module Pilot (CMP) on Apollo 15, the fourth manned lunar landing mission which was the first to visit and explore the Moon’s Hadley Rille and Apennine Mountains that are located on the South East edge of the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) in 1971.

This mission was the first flight of the Lunar Roving Vehicle which astronauts used to explore the geology of the Hadley Rille/Apennine region. The LRV allowed Apollo 15, 16 and 17 astronauts to venture further from the Lunar Module than in previous missions.

Al’s companions on the flight were David R. Scott, spacecraft commander and James B. Irwin, lunar module commander

One of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon – Colonel Al Worden earned a Master of Science degree in astronautical/aeronautical engineering and instrumentation engineering from the University of Michigan in 1963 – Later in 1971 the university awarded him an honoury doctorate of science in astronautical engineering.

Al was a man of many talents also known as an influential author and poet.

 

NASA Experience –

One of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966, Al 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.

 

The Apollo 15 patch design is of three birds flying over the lunar surface, each one indicating each astronaut who was on the flight. The lunar surface behind the patch shows the landing site (next to Hadley Rille at the foot of the Appenine Mountains) and directly behind the birds is a crater formation that spells “15” in Roman numerals – XV. You can also see from the birds that they fly in formation with one on top indicating who stayed in lunar orbit (Al Worden) and two closer to the lunar surface, representing the astronauts who landed on the Moon’s surface (David Scott and James Irwin).

During the Apollo 15 mission, Al Worden set two Guiness World Records –

1 – The most isolated that any human has been from another person – completed while orbiting the Moon while his crewmates David Scott and James Irwin roamed the lunar surface (Al Worden didn’t land on the Moon’s surface and stayed in orbit around the Moon).

2 – The first spacewalk in deep space – completed en route home and still more than 196,000 miles from Earth – the aim was to retrieve film cassettes from cameras in the scientific instrument module on the spacecraft.

Total EVA time was 38 minutes, 12 seconds.

A spacewalk is also known as an Extravehicular activity (EVA).

 

Apollo 15 Key Dates:

Launch Saturn V 26th July 1971

Lunar Landing – 30th July 1971 Hadley Apennine

Lunar Lift off – 2nd August 1971

Al Worden Performs First Spacewalk – 5th August 1971

Splashdown – 7th August 1971 in Pacific Ocean

Total Mission Duration: 12 days, 7 hours, 12 minutes

In more recent years Al Worden became the patron of MajorTim.space –

“The most important thing we can leave for our descendants is a love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These are the tools that will enable us to survive in today’s world and help us find a safe place in the future in which to prosper. I encourage all young people to focus on these disciplines to become part of the solution rather than the problem. It is our future that you hold in your hands and MajorTim.space is a good source of information!” Al Worden

Al Worden was a geniuine, kind person with an infectious sense of humour – a true Apollo legend.

He will be extremely missed by all.

“Do you know what they did down on the Moon? What those guys’ primary job was? They picked up rocks and dirt. Now, myself, in lunar orbit…” – Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP

 

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 5

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 5
Speaker – William Foster
William’s roles at NASA –
Mission Control Center Ground Control Officer
International Space Station Ground Controller
CST-100 Lead Ground Controller
Artemis-1 Ascent Lead Ground Controller

A MajorTim.space Exclusive Video…

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 4

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 4
Speaker – Joanna Durrant (Presenter of the extremely popular Arts and Science Show – Jo Durrant’s Beautiful Universe on BBC Radio Gloucestershire).

Her guest speakers on the show include – Chris Hadfield, Brian May, Robin Ince, Dallas Campbell and many more…

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 3

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 3
Speaker – Sue Nelson (an award winning radio producer,
science journalist and former BBC TV science/environment correspondent.
She is also the author of – Wally Funk’s Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer).

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 2

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 2
Speaker – Christopher Mick (runs the STEM educational non-profit, Space St. Croix and is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador,
Science Blogger for the Space Science Institute
and former Advisory Board Member for Infiniscope).

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 1

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 1
Speaker – Emily Carney (creator of the highly successful Facebook group – Space Hipsters)

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!