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Thank you, Shirley B
I have just finished reading Falling to Earth, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for telling your story!
Thanks for sharing, Awesome man, awesome life. You are my hero…always Your humble friend Dennis
Thank you for writing this account of your life and contributions to the exploration of the moon. As one of several hundred (???) PhD candidates who received a letter from Deke Slayton in 1965 inviting participation in the Apollo Program I have never lost interest in that adventure. My height(over 6 ft ) my uncorrected vision (20/250) and my age (born in 1934) all disqualified my application. Also, my PhD was in Zoology, hardly likely to be of much significance to the exploration of the moon, but the letter has never left my side,so to speak. I treasure it. This will help you understand why I was so very pleased to learn just how serious and extensive were the scientific observations you and other astronauts undertook. I was for many years disappointed by the fact that only one scientific astronaut ever got to the moon; your account makes it obvious that some if not all astronauts took this responsibility very seriously. Again, THANK YOU.
Dear Colonel Worden,
Thank you for ‘Falling to Earth’. In common with what all of the Apollo astronauts say about their experience of their journeys to the moon and back, I find it difficult to put into words how I felt when I read your book. But I will try. I was born in North Wales, UK, in 1957 and have lived all my life with the feeling that I am myself a spacefarer. The amazing gift of the American people to the world through the vision of their government in making the first interplanetary steps into the cosmos will live forever in the spirit of humanity. That the complete archive of all of the Apollo missions is available freely to all online is a testament to President Kennedy’s vision of “New rights to be won”. I have always felt this makes us all now a spacefaring species – and I hope you have felt the thanks and support of us all for what you did.
The sadness you obviously felt regarding those first day covers is understandable given your career and personal honour code. But as a fellow human being I say this: in the grand scale of what you all did in the Apollo program for the benefit of all mankind, this issue is insignificant and will in time find its correct scale in your heroic story, as a side-note reminder that it was indeed HUMANS who travelled to the Moon with Apollo 15. Your name and those of all of your fellow Apollo astronauts will live on and be justly celebrated through the entire future of humanity as those who boldly took our first steps in our destiny to the stars.
I had the privilege to meet your fellow crew member Colonel Jim Irwin at the British Ministry of Defence in 1990, and it was a meeting which changed my understanding of what it is to be human for one reason – his eyes. There was something very different, intangible but essentially human in his eyes which has effected me ever since. I have realised over the years that it was the fact that he had seen the Earth from another world, all of humanity the size of a marble he could blot out with his thumb. It was the same unearthly look I saw in the eyes of Buzz Aldrin when I met him too, and something, as you also wrote about the opalescent blue of the oceans of our planet, which photographs cannot do justice to. I explained this feeling to Shuttle Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar when I met her years later and she agreed, and said she had also seen this in their eyes.
My point is that there is something about the scale of what you did and your experience which is deeply and primordially human, and which transcends words. We who were alive to witness your journey have a different depth in our understanding of the events to those who were not. Simply to look up at the Moon and know there were humans walking on it at that moment was an incredibly powerful, unifying feeling – that we were there together as one human family. Future generations will have no direct experience of that feeling unless we go back. Your book, and those of all of the Apollo astronauts are a vital link with this pivotal moment in human history. While reading ‘Falling to Earth’ I had the growing feeling that the story of Apollo is the greatest story ever told – inspiring, motivating, deeply moving, spiritually uplifting and essentially human. In that you have done a great service to those future generations, and I for one of those little creatures on this beautiful planet you witnessed from the Moon, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Fantastic book! Changed my perspective of what it took to become an astronaunt. Looking foward to meeting you at Spacefest 2013!
Fantastic book . Shows my students that just because they come from a small UK town it does not prohibit them from achieving any dream. My father worked on parts for the Apollo rockets which made the space programme a feature in my life. I hope that all your heroic deeds will give NASA and the administration the inspiration to carry on.
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