Apollo 15 CMP Al Worden to Promote Cooperation in Exploration on First Trip to China

In conjunction with Airshow China 2018, U.S. astronaut/scientist/inventor plans to meet with China National Space Agency, Zhuhai civic leaders, students and industry.

Zhuhai, China and Waldwick, NJ, USA/October 23, 2018 — Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot, Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret., will make his first visit to China next month as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. aerospace industry, particularly American companies participating in Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, November 6-11.

Worden’s week-long schedule includes official appearances in Zhuhai on the opening days of the show, the country’s preeminent commercial aviation expo, plus meetings around the region with a cross-section of Chinese government, industry and community leaders. Notably, he will sit with senior executives of the China National Space Agency, Zhuhai city authorities, university students and industry professionals to promote multinational cooperation for space exploration. 

The tour is being led, in coordination with show organizers, by Kallman Worldwide, Inc. the U.S. representative and organizer of the USA Partnership Pavilion at aerospace and defense events around the world for more than three decades, including Airshow China since 1996. Kallman has partnered with Worden and a coalition of industry supporters since 2015 to promote excellence in engineering “from classrooms to careers.”

“As one of just 24 people to have flown to the Moon — only 12 of whom are still with us on Earth — Col. Worden’s first-ever visit to China creates new opportunities to encourage sustainable science, industry and business partnerships between our countries,” said Kallman President and CEO Tom Kallman. “His experience and accomplishments uniquely qualify him to address the dynamic engineering challenges faced by all industries competing in today’s global economy, particularly in aviation and aerospace.”

The Apollo 15 mission flew in the summer of 1971, and is widely regarded as the most scientific manned flight to the lunar surface. Among Worden’s accomplishments on that flight, he performed the first deep space Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) — a “spacewalk” 196,000 miles from Earth.

In the decades following his historic mission, Col. Worden has applied his business acumen, technical talents and pioneering spirit to a wide range of interests in industry, academia and public service. In particular, he is an active, hands-on advocate for the current and future engineering workforce — in all disciplines — and the communities in which they live and work around the world.

Looking ahead to his first visit to the country, Worden said he sees clear parallels between the successes of Apollo and the progress of China’s aerospace industry.

“Just as Apollo’s success was the result of a collective, sustained national effort, China’s growth in aviation and aerospace is due to its own large-scale, long-term investment in engineering excellence,” said Worden. “Nation-to-nation, generation-to-generation, I believe we share the same values for discipline, risk-taking and partnership to break through barriers.”


Established in 1963, Kallman Worldwide creates unique opportunities for U.S. companies to strengthen business relationships around the world by maximizing their impact at international trade shows. With its flagship USA Partnership Pavilion, end-to-end exhibitor services, custom stand-building and corporate hospitality programs, Kallman has helped more than 10,000 companies, associations and government agencies “export with purpose and exhibit with confidence” at over 1,500 industry and professional events in 46 countries. The company is a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Award for its role in helping to increase U.S. exports. Kallman Worldwide is headquartered in Waldwick, N.J., and staffs a Latin America office in Santiago, Chile. For more information visit www.kallman.com.

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