NASA to honor former astronaut Mattingly in Auburn

NASA will honor former astronaut and Auburn University graduate Ken Mattingly on March 26 with the Ambassador of Exploration Award for his contributions to the U.S. Space Program.

Mattingly will receive the award in a 1 p.m. ceremony in the Lowe Grand Foyer of Auburn's Shelby Center for Engineering Technology.

The award is a moon rock encased in Lucite and mounted for public display.

Mattingly is one of six Auburn graduates who became astronauts. Three of the six also became directors of the Kennedy Space Center.

"He is proof of what an Auburn engineering graduate can become," said Dean of Engineering Larry Benefield.

Mattingly will talk about his life at 2 p.m. in the Shelby Center.