Ken Mattingly

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Date of Birth March 17, 1936
Place of Birth Illinois
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Ken Mattingly

Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II is an American former aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, rear admiral in the United States Navy and astronaut who flew on the Apollo 16, STS-4 and STS-51-C missions. Mattingly had been scheduled to fly on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, but three days prior to launch, he was held back and replaced by Jack Swigert due to exposure to German measles. Mattingly later flew as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 16 and made 64 lunar orbits, making him one of 24 people to have flown to the Moon. Mattingly and his commander from Apollo 16, John Young, are the only people to have flown to the Moon and also a Space Shuttle orbital mission. During Apollo 16's return flight to Earth, Mattingly performed an extravehicular activity to retrieve film cassettes from the exterior of the spacecraft, the command and service module. It was the second "deep space" EVA in history, at great distance from any planetary body.

Status: Retired
Born: Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II, March 17, 1936, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other occupation: Naval aviator, test pilot
Alma mater: Auburn University
Rank: Rear admiral, USN
Time in space: 21d 04h 34m
Selection: 1966 NASA Group 5
Total EVAs: 1
Total EVA time: 1 hour 23 minutes
Missions: Apollo 16, STS-4, STS-51-C
Retirement: June 1985
Awards: NASA Distinguished Service Medal
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About Ken Mattingly

Notable for his participation in the Apollo 16 lunar mission; the STS-4 voyage of the Space Shuttle Columbia; and the STS-51-C flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, this NASA astronaut was also originally on the Apollo 13 crew roster, but did not participate in this mission because of concerns that he had contracted measles.

Ken Mattingly Before Fame

After completing his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering at Auburn University, he enlisted in the United States Navy and went on to train at Edwards Air Force Base's Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School.

Achievement of Ken Mattingly

Upon ending his career with NASA, he worked for the Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics corporations.

Ken Mattingly Family Life

Born Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II, he spent his early years in Chicago, Illinois and Hialeah, Florida.

Associations of Ken Mattingly

He and John Young were both crew members on the Apollo 16 mission of 1972.

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Latest information about Ken Mattingly updated on April 14, 2021.

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