|Michael P. Anderson|
|Born||Michael Phillip Anderson
December 25, 1959
Plattsburgh, New York,
|Died||February 1, 2003
over Texas and Louisiana
|Washington, B.S. 1981
Creighton, M.S. 1990
|Rank||Lt. Colonel, USAF|
Time in space
|24d 18h 08m|
|Selection||1994 NASA Group 15|
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.
I was always fascinated by science-fiction shows, shows like 'Star Trek' and 'Lost in Space.'
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.
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.
Science was something that really caught my attention. It was something I really could sink my teeth into.
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.
When you launch in a rocket, you're not really flying that rocket. You're just sort of hanging on.
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.
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.