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RIP Ken Mattingly, having never gotten the measles

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by maumann, Nov 2, 2023.

  1. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Famous for not only being the command module pilot for Apollo 16 and two early Shuttle missions, being unlucky/lucky enough to get pulled from the crew of Apollo 13 just three days before launch.

    Of course, nobody ever made a movie about Apollo 16.

    RIP to a steely-eyed missileman.

    Astronaut Ken Mattingly, who launched to the moon on Apollo 16, dies at 87
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  2. UNCGrad

    UNCGrad Well-Known Member

    Goddam those guys were heroes. Brilliant, steely, fearless. Some of the best of us.
  3. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

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  4. Deskgrunt50

    Deskgrunt50 Well-Known Member

    RIP. And great thread title.
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  5. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    Go re-read "The Right Stuff". Those guys, and those who are like them today, simply amaze me.
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  6. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Gary Sinise's portrayal of Mattingly in "Apollo 13" was very cool, but it was also a "composite character" of not only him but numerous Apollo astronauts who jumped into action to help develop the procedures to save the flight. Also, Sinise really didn't resemble Mattingly very much, but Mattingly wasn't an iconic face so that wasn't a major factor.
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  7. UPChip

    UPChip Well-Known Member

    I denounce myself for the DB.
  8. Deskgrunt50

    Deskgrunt50 Well-Known Member

    Take a dip in the blue moon lake of fail?
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  9. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Between Pete Conrad, Tom Stafford, Ken Mattingly and Al Bean, Apollo had a few hair-challenged astronauts for guys so young.
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  10. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    A lot of testosterone.
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  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Oldest living lunar mission guy: Frank Borman, 95 (Jim Lovell 11 days younger).

    Youngest: Charlie Duke, 88. LM pilot on 16 with Mattingly (who also exposed Mattingly to the Measles virus), but probably better known as the Capcom who told Neil Armstrong, "You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again, thanks a lot."
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