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Meet Astronaut Mike Mullane

Jul 01, 2018 11:00 AM - Jul 06, 2018 07:00 PM Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complexx


NASA selects astronauts from a diverse pool of applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds from scientists to pilots. From the thousands of applications received, only a few are chosen to be a member of the elite NASA Astronaut Corps. Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visitors get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts.


You may meet the Astronaut of the Day at any of the following opportunities.  See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.

  • The daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for a presentation from the astronaut and a discussion, so bring your questions and your camera.
  • Visitors can also get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop at various times during the day.
  • With an additional purchase, visitors can enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch and group presentation during Lunch With An Astronaut. Offered at noon daily, lunch includes a question and answer session and photo opportunities!


Astronaut Bio

Mike Mullane's interest in space began at a young age when he conducted rocket experiments in New Mexico’s desert. After graduating from West Point in 1967, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1967. By 1969, he had completed 134 combat missions as an RF-4C weapon system operator in Vietnam. Mullane earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1975.

In 1978, NASA selected Mullane as a candidate in the first group of space shuttle astronauts. He’s a veteran of three space flights, logging 356 hours in space. On August 30, 1984, Mullane launched as a mission specialist on STS-41D, the maiden flight of Discovery. The mission lasted seven days and the crew successfully deployed three satellites.

Mullane flew military missions on Atlantis STS-27 December 2, 1988 and Atlantis STS-36 February 28, 1990, before retiring from the Air Force and NASA later that year. He is a recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

He is a professional speaker on the topics of leadership and teamwork, as well as the author of several books, including his memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut.

Astronaut Mike Mullane

Meet Astronaut Mike Mullane

Missions STS-41D Discovery

STS-27 Atlantis

STS-36 Atlantis