Ken Mattingly was supposed to be the command module pilot for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, but he was exposed to the German measles and the replaced him at the last minute with Jack Swigert, bumping Mattingly to Apollo 16. He never came down with the measles, even though Swigert got quite ill during the mission. Mattingly was also one of two people who went to the moon and also flew on a space shuttle mission. (Fellow Apollo 16 crew member John Young was the other)

On Halloween, Ken Mattingly passed away at the age of 87.

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Scotty Beam Up · November 2, 2023 at 8:43 pm

Might be time for a The Right Stuff encore and there is a psychedelic instrumental band from Sweden called Yuri Gagarin.
Maybe Bolshevik Brandon could repurpose NASA for Muslim outreach while Shanaynay works out the math?
Oh wait.
Salute to all those badass pilots and astronauts.

anonymous coward · November 2, 2023 at 9:01 pm

And when he got to heaven, St. Pete had just taken a break and forgotten to close the pearly gates, so he walked right in..

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