Apollo 13 Trivia: Week 1

This month we are highlighting all things Apollo 13. You may recall this notable mission due to the hit blockbuster film. Think you can sort fact from fiction? Test your knowledge below!

Why was command module pilot Ken Mattingly removed from the mission 72 hours prior to the scheduled launch of Apollo 13?

Ken Mattingly at launch site
Correct! Wrong!

Just days before the launch of Apollo 13, the backup lunar module pilot, Charles Duke, inadvertently exposed the crew to German measles. While James Lovell and Fred Haise had immunity, command module pilot Ken Mattingly did not. He was replaced by his backup, John Swigert. Ken Mattingly still got his chance to fly in space (and to the Moon) as the command module pilot of Apollo 16 just two years later. His spaceflight experience didn't end there. Mattingly flew to space two more times as the spacecraft commander of shuttle orbiter missions STS-4 and STS-51C. Come back next week to test your knowledge again!

Apollo 13: Week 1
Nice Try!

You almost got it! Just days before the launch of Apollo 13, the backup lunar module pilot, Charles Duke, inadvertently exposed the crew to German measles. While James Lovell and Fred Haise had immunity, command module pilot Ken Mattingly did not. He was replaced by his backup, John Swigert. Ken Mattingly still got his chance to fly in space (and to the Moon) as the command module pilot of Apollo 16 just two years later. His spaceflight experience didn't end there. Mattingly flew to space two more times as the spacecraft commander of shuttle orbiter missions STS-4 and STS-51C. Come back next week to test your knowledge again!
You got it!

You answered correctly! Just days before the launch of Apollo 13, the backup lunar module pilot, Charles Duke, inadvertently exposed the crew to German measles. While James Lovell and Fred Haise had immunity, command module pilot Ken Mattingly did not. He was replaced by his backup, John Swigert. Ken Mattingly still got his chance to fly in space (and to the Moon) as the command module pilot of Apollo 16 just two years later. His spaceflight experience didn't end there. Mattingly flew to space two more times as the spacecraft commander of shuttle orbiter missions STS-4 and STS-51C. Come back next week to test your knowledge again!

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