Ben Shephard asked an awkward question to Apollo 15 Astronaut, Al Worden, in an interview on Good Morning Britain yesterday and it didn’t go down well at all.
Worden, 85, was part of the Apollo 15 mission which travelled to space in 1971. He caused controversy at the time though because he got caught trying to smuggle stamps aboard, allegedly planning to sell them when he returned.
When Ben asked Al about the incident, he snapped back at Ben, which made things very awkward in the studio.
Ben asked: “There was a little scandal about your trip though, Al, because when you took some stamps and took some envelopes that you wanted to bring back…”
Al jumped in with “Why do you want to talk about that?”
This took Ben by surprise and tried to justify his question by saying
“I think it’s part of the trip that people will remember as well because it wasn’t something that had happened before.
“I think previous trips had taken some pieces up which had then been sold.
“It’s just on your trip, you guys got pulled up for it.”
Al responded with “It was the commander on the flight who did all that,” try to imply he wasn’t involved.
It was reported that the crew of Apollo 15 took 398 commemorative postage stamps with them on the mission.