National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
- NAME: Michael P. Anderson (Major, USAF)
- NASA Astronaut
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born December 25, 1959, in Plattsburgh, New York. Considers
Spokane, Washington, to be his hometown. Married. Enjoys photography, chess, computers,
and tennis. Died February 1, 2003 on the Columbia mishap.
- Graduated from Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington, in 1977.
Bachelor of science degree in physics/astronomy from University of Washington, 1981.
Master of science degree in physics from Creighton University, 1990.
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- Distinguished graduate USAF Communication Electronics Officers
course. Recipient of the Armed Forces Communication Electronics Associations Academic
Excellence Award 1983. Received the USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training Academic Achievement
Award for Class 87-08 Vance AFB. Awarded the USAF Meritorious Service Medal, and the USAF
Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
- Anderson graduated form the University of Washington in 1981 and
was commissioned a second lieutenant. After completing a year of technical training at
Keesler AFB Mississippi he was assigned to Randolph AFB Texas. At Randolph he served as
Chief of Communication Maintenance for the 2015 Communication Squadron and later as
Director of Information System Maintenance for the 1920 Information System Group. In 1986
he was selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. Upon
graduation he was assigned to the 2nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Offutt AFB
Nebraska as a EC 135 pilot, flying the Strategic Air Commands airborne command post code
named "Looking Glass". From January 1991 to September 1992 he served as an
aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the 920th Air Refueling Squadron, Wurtsmith AFB
Michigan. From September 1992 to February 1995 he was assigned as a instructor pilot and
tactics officer in the 380 Air Refueling Wing, Plattsburgh AFB New York. Anderson has
logged over 3000 hours in various models of the KC-135 and the T-38A aircraft.
- NASA EXPERIENCE:
- Selected by NASA in December 1994, Anderson reported to the
Johnson Space Center in March 1995. He completed a year of training and evaluation, and is
qualified for flight crew assignment as a mission specialist. Anderson was initially
assigned technical duties in the Flight Support Branch of the Astronaut Office. Most
recently, he flew on the crew of STS-89. In completing his first space flight Anderson has
logged over 211 hours in space.
- SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
- STS-89 (January 22-31, 1998), was the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking
mission during which the crew transferred more than 8,000 pounds of scientific equipment,
logistical hardware and water from Space Shuttle Endeavour to Mir. In the fifth and last
exchange of a U.S. astronaut, STS-89 delivered Andy Thomas to Mir and returned with David
Wolf. Mission duration was 8 days, 19 hours and 47 seconds, traveling 3.6 million miles in
138 orbits of the Earth. Died on February 1, 2003 when Space Shuttle
Columbia and the crew perished during reentry.
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