jewellery and science

That Time an Astronaut Lost His Wedding Ring in Space

…’On the second day of the 1972 11-day trip to the moon and back, command module pilot Ken Mattingly lost his wedding ring. “It just floated off somewhere, and none of us could find it.’…

…’Duke, Mattingly, the ship, and the ring were flying through space together at 3,000 feet per second, but in the absence of wind resistance, as Duke puts it, things just “move along together.” So there they were, floating while really zooming along—Charlie watching the unrushed ring head to its fate in the vast darkness. But as he watched, Duke realized the ring was headed right for the back of Mattingly’s head.’…

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