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Michael P. Anderson

1995 portrait
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Deceased
Born Michael Phillip Anderson
(1959-12-25)December 25, 1959
Plattsburgh, New York,
United States
Died February 1, 2003(2003-02-01) (aged 43)
over Texas and Louisiana
Previous occupation
Pilot, Scientist
Alma mater
Washington, B.S. 1981
Creighton, M.S. 1990
Rank Lt. Colonel, USAF
Time in space
24d 18h 08m
Selection 1994 NASA Group 15
Missions STS-89, STS-107
Mission insignia

Like most kids growing up, I had a very wide interest. I was interested in everything. I tried to take advantage of everything, from the sciences to music to writing to literature.
Michael P. Anderson
It's a great view from here. I'm having the time of my life.
I was always fascinated by science-fiction shows, shows like 'Star Trek' and 'Lost in Space.'
Michael P. Anderson
If you want something that's going to provide you with a lot of challenges and a variety of different things to do, then you really can't beat a place like the Air Force. I don't mean this to sound like a recruiting pitch. But it's been a lot of fun.
Michael P. Anderson
I went to the University of Washington as a physics and astronomy major. My other interest, of course, was aviation. I always wanted to be a pilot. And if you're going to fly airplanes, the best place to be is the Air Force.
Michael P. Anderson
Science was something that really caught my attention. It was something I really could sink my teeth into.
Michael P. Anderson
There are just hundreds of people that have inspired and influenced me in a number of different ways. First of all, you can't forget your parents and all they've done to help you to get here.
Michael P. Anderson
When you launch in a rocket, you're not really flying that rocket. You're just sort of hanging on.
Michael P. Anderson
Fortunately, I got called down to NASA for an interview. And one thing led to the next, and one day I got that call. I've been here about seven years now and am really enjoying it.
Michael P. Anderson
As you look back at your life, there are just a million different things that have happened, just in the right way, to allow you to make your dreams come true. And you know, someone has all that under control.
Michael P. Anderson
It looks like the future's really bright.