Real-life NASA astronaut Al Worden is heading back to Rhondda Cynon Taf on Monday (October 9) to amaze audiences with tales of his life in space. 

The former Apollo mission astronaut entered the Guinness Book of Records as “the most isolated human being ever” - but he is now back on earth and sharing his experiences.

In association with Dark Sky Wales, the Council is delighted to welcome Colonel Al Worden to the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare, on October 9.

One of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, and one of only seven men chosen to be Apollo command module pilots, Al Worden flew to the Moon in July 1971, alongside Commander Dave Scott and lunar module pilot Jim Irwin on the Apollo 15 mission.

He performed the first ever deep space Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) - an activity carried out by an astronaut outside a spacecraft.

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “This will be a unique opportunity to listen to the space travel tales of Colonel Al Worden, the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15.

“Tickets are already selling fast for what promises to be an evening filled with fun and fascinating stories of life among the stars.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Dark Sky Wales has a strong and proud association which has resulted in our County Borough becoming one of the best star-gazing locations in the UK.”

Colonel Al Worden entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most isolated human being ever - at the time his nearest companions were 2,235 miles away from him.

The first man to moonwalk in deep space, Al Worden is keen to inspire younger generations to fall in love with the sky at night.

An Audience with Al Worden is at the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare, on Monday, October 9. Tickets, priced £17.50, are available from the Box Office on 03000 040 444 or online at
Posted on Friday 6th October 2017

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