Michael P. Anderson

Michael P. Anderson
Michael P. Anderson, official portrait.jpg
1995 portrait
NASA Astronaut
BornMichael Phillip Anderson
(1959-12-25)December 25, 1959
Plattsburgh, New York,
United States
DiedFebruary 1, 2003(2003-02-01) (aged 43)
over Texas and Louisiana
Previous occupation
Pilot, scientist
Washington, B.S. 1981
Creighton, M.S. 1990
RankLt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Time in space
24d 18h 08min
Selection1994 NASA Group 15
MissionsSTS-89, STS-107
Mission insignia
Sts-89-patch.svg STS-107 Flight Insignia.svg
AwardsCongressional Space Medal of Honor

Michael Phillip Anderson (December 25, 1959 – February 1, 2003) was a United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut. Anderson and his six fellow crew members were killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the craft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.[1] Anderson served as the payload commander and lieutenant colonel in charge of science experiments on the Columbia. Anderson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Early life and education

Anderson was born in 1959 to Barbara Anderson and Bobbie Anderson, who serviced jets on Plattsburgh Air Force Base near Plattsburgh, New York.[2] Bobbie Anderson was transferred to Fairchild Air Force Base, about 12 miles away from Spokane, Washington, which Anderson spoke of as his hometown.[3] He was graduated from Cheney High School, one of four African Americans in a class of 200 students.[2]

In 1981, Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Washington in Seattle, and in 1990 he was awarded Master of Science degree in physics from Creighton University in Omaha.[4]

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