- July 19, 2022
Worden Beams Up
A Space Maverick Quietly Departs NASA, editorial, Space News
“Outspoken, with a palpable disdain for management bureaucracy, Mr. Worden was an enthusiastic advocate of small satellites and other innovations like single-stage-to-orbit rocket technology during a 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force. More hawkish than most dared to be on the touchy subject of space warfare, Mr. Worden in 1993 led Clementine, a low-cost robotic mission to the moon that he later characterized as a “sneaky space weapon test.” Somewhat counterintuitively given his warrior reputation, Mr. Worden also was recognized as a bona fide intellectual, holder of a doctorate in astronomy and author or co-author of more than 150 scientific and technical papers including one in which he branded NASA a “self-licking ice cream cone.”
Keith’s note: Odd that Space News overtly mentions Pete Worden’s doctorate and then refer to him as “Mr.” a dozen times. When I inquired Space News told me that no one is called “Dr.” in their publication. Oh well. Otherwise, its a nice overview of Dr. Worden’s tenure at NASA.
Ames Has A Stargate, earlier post