Thomas K. Mattingly, a renowned NASA astronaut, passed away at 87.

Mattingly played a crucial role in the Apollo 16 mission, aiding in lunar sample collection.

Initially part of Apollo 13, Mattingly was replaced due to measles, leading to Jack Swigert's involvement.

Mattingly's career began in the U.S. Navy before contributing to the Apollo spacesuit and backpack development.

He served as spacecraft commander for two space shuttle missions, amassing 504 hours in space.

Mattingly's legacy encompasses bravery, resilience, and dedication to space exploration.

He will be remembered for his technical expertise and charismatic spirit.

Mattingly's warm personality left a lasting impact on those around him.

His contributions marked significant milestones in space exploration history.

Mattingly's memory will live on as an inspiration to future generations of astronauts.

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