Ken Mattingly

Apollo 13 Astronaut & Aerospace Industry Executive

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At the Podium

At the lecture podium, Mattingly’s gripping account of teamwork and peak performance has received rave reviews from corporations and community forums around the nation. He recounts his training and comradery with fellow Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, his horror when the mission went awry, and his role in coordinating the ground crew’s frantic race against time to save them. He also brings the story full circle with a look at the space program today and the emerging role of private industry in satellite communications.

About Ken Mattingly

One of the real-life heroes of Apollo 13, veteran Apollo and space shuttle astronaut Ken Mattingly shares the true story behind the most inspiring example of crisis management in recent memory. Portrayed in the hit film by Academy Award-nominee Gary Sinise, Mattingly is the Command Module Pilot who was pulled from the flight at the last minute for medical reasons, only to spearhead the ground crew’s efforts to save his friends and fellow astronauts once their moon mission went horribly wrong.

As Mattingly notes, the miracle of the Apollo 13 story was not in one person rising to the occasion, but in hundreds and thousands working at peak performance to do the impossible. Setting the stage with footage from the movie, Mattingly’s lecture, available exclusively through GTN, is a must for any organization emphasizing team building and personal achievement.

Beginning his career as a Naval officer and aviator, T.K. Mattingly became one of the select individuals chosen for the Apollo Space Program in 1966. He was responsible for the development of the lunar space suit and back-pack, and served on the support crews for Apollo 8 (the first lunar orbit) and Apollo 11 (the first lunar landing). Designated as Command Module Pilot (CMP) for Apollo 13, he was pulled from the flight for medical reasons, but later flew as CMP for Apollo 16, the next-to-last lunar mission.

Speech Topics

  • Corporate Applications for Space Age Technology
  • The Spirit of Apollo 13

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