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Thomas Kenneth Mattingly, II

Birthplace: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Death: October 31, 2023 (87)
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Private
Husband of Private

Occupation: United States Navy officer, aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, astronaut
Managed by: Alex Bickle
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    • Private
    • Private
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About Ken Mattingly

Ken Mattingly was an American aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, rear admiral in the United States Navy, and astronaut who flew on Apollo 16 and Space Shuttle STS-4 and STS-51-C missions.

Mattingly was scheduled to fly on the Apollo 13 mission, but three days prior to launch, he was replaced by Jack Swigert because he was exposed to German measles (which Mattingly did not contract). Mattingly later flew as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 16 and made 64 lunar orbits, making him one of 24 people to fly 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 mission. (Fred Haise, his former training crewmate from Apollo 13, performed atmospheric flight testing of the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests.)

During Apollo 16's return flight to Earth, Mattingly performed an extravehicular activity (EVA) 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. As of 2023, it remains one of only three such EVAs which have taken place, all during the Apollo program's J-missions. (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0)


  • "Ken Mattingly." Wikipedia, revision of 5 November 2023. < link > Accessed 5 November 2023.
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Ken Mattingly's Timeline

March 17, 1936
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
October 31, 2023
Age 87
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States