He was the only astronaut to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom without flying in space.

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 He was also the only astronaut to have flown on both the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.

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Mattingly was a highly skilled engineer and helped to develop the Apollo spacesuit and backpack.

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He was also a skilled pilot and flew over 5,000 hours in jet aircraft.

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Mattingly was originally scheduled to fly on Apollo 13, but was grounded due to exposure to German measles just two days before launch.

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 He was replaced by Jack Swigert, but Mattingly played a vital role in helping to troubleshoot the problems that arose after the oxygen tank explosion.

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Mattingly flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1982, and commanded two other shuttle missions.

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He retired from NASA in 1989, but continued to work in the aerospace industry.

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Mattingly was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1983 and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1997.

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