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Lot #3337
Al Worden's Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Sporting License

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Fédération Aéronautique Internationale sporting license issued to "Alfred M. Worden" in 1971 (the year of his historic Apollo 15 flight), 3.75″ x 2.75″, signed in blue ballpoint by M. J. Randleman of the sporting committee. The card is filled out in type with Worden's personal information, including date and place of birth ("7 February 1932, Jackson, Michigan") and lists his address as "CFK Astronaut Ofc. Man. Spc. Cntd., Houston, TX." A blue Fédération Aéronautique Internationale stamp is affixed to the right side, and the card bears the embossed seal of the National Aeronautic Association, U.S.A. In fine condition, with light creasing and edgewear.

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) sporting license is required for all record attempts, and it is likely that Worden acquired it in anticipation of his record-setting Apollo 15 flight. From July 26-August 7, 1971, Apollo 15 set several new records for crewed spaceflight, including: heaviest payload in a lunar orbit (~107,000 pounds), longest time in lunar orbit (about 145 hours), longest crewed lunar mission (295 hours), longest Apollo mission (295 hours), the first satellite placed in lunar orbit by a crewed spacecraft, and first deep space and operational EVA (performed by Worden).

From the collection of Apollo 15 CMP Al Worden, and accompanied by a letter of provenance from his daughter Alison (Worden) Penczak.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #607 - Ended April 22, 2021