National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Michael J. Bloomfield (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF)
- NASA Astronaut
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born March 16, 1959, in Flint, Michigan. Considers Lake Fenton, Michigan, to be his hometown. Married to the former Lori Miller. They have two children He enjoys reading, gardening, all sporting activities including running, softball, skiing, and any activity with his children His parents, Rodger and Maxine Bloomfield, reside in Linden, Michigan. Her parents, Dave and Donna Miller, reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Graduated from Lake Fenton High School, Fenton, Michigan, in 1977. Bachelor of science degree in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, 1981. Master of science degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University, 1993.
- Member of the United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, and the Air Force Association.
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- Captain, 1980 United States Air Force Academy Falcon Football Team. Voted to the 1980 WAC All-Academic Football Team. Commanders Trophy winner as top graduate from Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (1983). Distinguished Graduate of USAF Test Pilot School Class 92A. Awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal.
- Bloomfield graduated from the USAF Academy in 1981. He completed Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma, in 1983, and was selected to fly the F-15. From 1983 until 1986, he served as a combat ready pilot and instructor pilot in the F-15 at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. In 1987, Bloomfield was re-assigned to Bitburg Air Base, Germany, where he served as an F-15 instructor pilot and completed the United States Fighter Weapons Instructor Course. In 1989 he was subsequently assigned to the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Langley AFB, Virginia. serving as an F-15 squadron weapons officer until 1992, when he was selected for the USAF Test Pilot School. Honored as a distinguished graduate in 1992, Bloomfield remained at Edwards AFB, California, where he conducted tests in all models of the F-16. While a member of the 416th Flight Test Squadron, Bloomfield served as squadron safety officer and as squadron flight commander. In March 1995, he was assigned to NASA as an astronaut candidate.
- NASA EXPERIENCE:
- Selected by NASA in December 1994, Bloomfield reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995, has completed a year of training and evaluation, and is currently qualified for assignment as a shuttle pilot. He has worked technical issues for the Operations Planning Branch, and has worked as Chief of Safety for the Astronaut Office. He flew on STS-86 and has logged over 259 hours in space. Bloomfield will serve as pilot on the crew of Endeavour for STS-97, the fourth American mission to build and enhance the capabilities of the International Space Station. STS-97 will deliver the first set of U.S.-provided solar arrays and batteries as well as radiators to provide cooling. A communications system for voice and telemetry also will be installed. The Shuttle will spend 5-days docked to the station, which at that time will be staffed by the first station crew. Launch is targeted for August 1999.
- SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
- STS-86 Atlantis (September 25 to October 6, 1997) was the seventh mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. Highlights included the exchange of U.S. crew members Mike Foale and David Wolf, a spacewalk by two crew members to retrieve four experiments first deployed on Mir during the STS-76 docking mission, the transfer to Mir of 10,400 pounds of science and logistics, and the return of experiment hardware and specimens to Earth. Mission duration was 169 orbits in 259 hours and 21 minutes, and covered more than 2.2 million miles.
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