Sunday, 3 July 2016
Ken Mattingly did not fly with Apollo 13. Write about his NASA career after this mission.
After the mission, Ken Mattingly flew on the Apollo 16 as Command Module Pilot from April 16 to 27, 1972. Apollo 16 was assigned to collect samples from the lunar highlands near the crater Descartes. Ken carried out an extravehicular activity to retrieve film and data packages from the science bay on the side of the service module. Apollo 16 accomplished all major objectives although the mission was terminated one day early due to concern over several spacecraft malfunctions.
After those missions, he retired from NASA in 1985. He logged 7,200 hours of flight time. In his career at NASA, he received twelve awards like the NASA Distinguished Service Medal which was the highest award.