Our Patron

The Patron of MajorTim.space is Herb Baker (NASA).

“A couple of things that drew my attention to the MajorTim.space organisation – were the site’s recognition of contributions made by women in space exploration over the years and the inclusion of young children in its outreach and STEM activities.  Over the years, I’ve taken every opportunity to talk to school children – of all ages – about space exploration and have been amazed at the knowledge and interest of even those in primary/elementary school.  I recall seeing a quote: “Kids should engineer before they can spell it” and I believe in that philosophy.
It’s fine to start studying STEM later in life but it makes me very happy to see children become interested in STEM (and space!) at a young age.
My hope is to be able to make some contribution to a new generation prepared to engineer, experiment and calculate its way to a new world of exploration and discoveries”
– Herb Baker

Herb recently retired from NASA after 42 years at JSC, KSC & NASA Headquarters having worked in the Space Shuttle, Space Station & Orion program offices and managing the business office supporting Flight Operations.

He is currently on the Board of Directors for the JSC NASA Alumni League and volunteers at Space Center Houston.

 

 

We were very honoured that Apollo 15 astronaut, Al Worden was the former 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 this website is a good source of information!”
Al Worden


Alfred Worden served
as Command Module Pilot (CMP) on Apollo 15, the fourth manned lunar landing mission.

He was America’s First Astronaut to perform a Deep Space EVA on the return from the Moon aboard Apollo 15, 196,00 miles from Earth in 1971.

Al Worden was born on 7th February 1932 and sadly died on 18th March 2020.

Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar landing mission and the first to visit and explore the moon’s Hadley Rille and Apennine Mountains, which are located on the southeast edge of Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains).

On 30 July 1971 two astronauts (Apollo 15 Commander David R. Scott and LM pilot James B. Irwin) landed in the Hadley Rille/Apennines region of the Moon in the Lunar Module (LM) while the Command and Service Module (CSM) (with CM pilot Alfred M. Worden) continued in lunar orbit.

Apollo 15 achievements include:

Largest payloads placed in earth and lunar orbits

First scientific instrument module bay flown and operated on an Apollo spacecraft

Longest lunar surface stay time (the lunar module, “Falcon” remained on ground for 66 hours and 54 minutes)

Longest lunar surface EVA (Scott and Irwin logged 18 hours and 35 minutes each during three excursions onto the lunar surface)

Longest distance traversed on lunar surface

First use of lunar roving vehicle

First use of a lunar surface navigation device (mounted on Rover-1)

First sub satellite launched in lunar orbit

First EVA from a command module out of Earth orbit for which Col. Worden still holds a record for the furthest deep space EVA


Apollo 15 mission patch:

Photo source – Pinterest

The 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.   You can also see from the birds that they fly in formation with one on top and two closer to the lunar surface, indicating the astronauts who landed on the Moon’s surface.

 

Photo source – Wikipedia