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Apollo 16 Before Launch

Apollo 16 Before Launch | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
The Apollo 16 flight crew and backup crew at the breakfast served four hours before launch. With them, seated on the right side of the table and pointing, is Donald K. Slayton of Sparta, Wisconsin, the chief of the flight crew operations. Left to right around the table are: Edgar D. Mitchell, lunar module pilot Charles M Duke, Stuart Roosa, command module pilot Thomas Mattingly (partially shown), David Pallard, Charles Buckley, Slayton, and mission commander John Young.  Slayton was selected as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, but he was grounded because of an irregular heart beat. Slayton then became director of flight crew operations. In 1972 a healthy Slayton was restored to flight status, and in 1975 he flew on the nine-day Apollo-Soyuz mission. This photograph is part of the NASA press material collected by ABC science reporter Jules Bergman. His papers are available for research at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
DESCRIPTION
The Apollo 16 flight crew and backup crew at the breakfast served four hours before launch. With them, seated on the right side of the table and pointing, is Donald K. Slayton of Sparta, Wisconsin, the chief of the flight crew operations. Left to right around the table are: Edgar D. Mitchell, lunar module pilot Charles M Duke, Stuart Roosa, command module pilot Thomas Mattingly (partially shown), David Pallard, Charles Buckley, Slayton, and mission commander John Young. Slayton was selected as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, but he was grounded because of an irregular heart beat. Slayton then became director of flight crew operations. In 1972 a healthy Slayton was restored to flight status, and in 1975 he flew on the nine-day Apollo-Soyuz mission. This photograph is part of the NASA press material collected by ABC science reporter Jules Bergman. His papers are available for research at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:11357
Creation Date:April 16 1972
Creator Name:United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
City:Cape Canaveral
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State:Florida
Collection Name:Jules Bergman papers, 1965-1974
Genre:Photograph
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Deke Slayton, a former World War II bomber and test pilot, was selected as part of the first seven Mercury astronaunts. Because of a newly discovered irregular heart beat he was removed from flight status and became the chief of astronaut flight operations. About the time the above picture was taken Slayton learned that the heart condition had disappeared and he was returned to flight status. Slayton made his single space flight in the Apollo-Soyuz docking missing in 1975. Slayton died of cancer in 1993.
SUBJECTS
Clothing and dress
Food service
Dinners and dining
Indoor photography
Men
Exploration
Outer space
Television
Food service employees
Astronauts

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