Ken Mattingly

1,382,588 FANS LOVE Similar
Date of Birth March 17, 1936
Place of Birth Illinois
Age 84 years old
Horoscope Pisces

🎉 Countdown to Ken Mattingly's birthday 🎂

  • --Days
  • --Hours
  • --Minutes
  • --Seconds

Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II, is a former American naval officer and 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 Apollo 13, but three days prior to launch, he was held back and removed from the mission due to exposure to German measles. He 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.

Nationality: American
Status: Retired
Born: March 17, 1936, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names: Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II
Other occupation: Naval aviator, test pilot
Alma mater: Auburn University, B.S. 1958
Rank: Rear admiral (upper half), USN
Time in space: 21d 04h 34m
Selection: 1966 NASA Astronaut Group 5
Total EVAs: 1
Total EVA time: 1 hour 23 minutes
Missions: Apollo 16, STS-4, STS-51-C
Retirement: June 1985
IMDb: Ken Mattingly's IMDb

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.

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.


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

Family Life

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


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

Information related to Ken Mattingly

  • Spacefacts biography of Ken Mattingly
  • Mattingly at Encyclopedia of Science
  • Iven C. Kincheloe Awards
  • NASA JSC: T. K. Mattingly Oral History
Show more
Latest information about Ken Mattingly updated on October 19, 2020.

All the latest news & top stories about Ken Mattingly