Michael P. Anderson (Lieutenant
Colonel, USAF) NASA Astronaut
Source: Johnson Space Center FEBRUARY 1999
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born December 25, 1959, in Plattsburgh, New York. Considers
Spokane, Washington, to be his hometown. Married. Enjoys photography, chess, computers,
- 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 Defense Superior Service Medal,
the USAF Meritorious Service Medal, and the USAF Achievement Medal with one oak leaf
- 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 an 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 an 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:
(January 22-31, 1998), was the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission during which the crew
transferred more than 9,000 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.