National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Edward Michael "Mike" Fincke (Captain, USAF)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born March 14, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but considers
Emsworth, Pennsylvania to be his home town. Single. He is the oldest of 9 children.
Enjoys hiking, flying, travel, Geology, Astronomy, learning new languages, reading.
Captain Fincke is conversant in Japanese and Russian. His parents, Edward and Alma
Fincke reside in Emsworth, Pennsylvania.
- Graduated from Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1985.
He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an Air Force ROTC
scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor of science in Aeronautics and
Astronautics as well as a bachelor of science in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary
Sciences. He then received a master of science in Aeronautics and Astronautics
from Stanford University in 1990.
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) and the Geological Society of America (GSA).
- Recipient of two United States Air Force Commendation
Medals, the United States Air Force Achievement Medal, and various unit and service
awards. Distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force ROTC and Squadron
Officer School and Test Pilot School Programs. Recipient of the United States Air Force
Test Pilot School Colonel Ray Jones Award as the top Flight Test Engineer/Flight Test
Navigator in class 93B.
- Captain Fincke graduated from
MIT in 1989, and immediately attended a Summer exchange program with the Moscow Aviation
Institute in the former Soviet Union, where he studied Cosmonautics. After graduation
from Stanford University in 1990, Captain Fincke entered the United States Air Force
where he was assigned to the Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles
Air Force Base, California. There he served as a Space Systems Engineer and a Space
Test Engineer. In 1994, upon completion of the United States Air Force Test Pilot
School, Edwards Air Force Base, California, Captain Fincke joined the 39th Flight
Test Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where he served as a Flight Test
Engineer working on a variety of flight test programs, flying the F-16 and F-15
aircraft. In January of 1996, he reported to the Gifu Test Center, Gifu Air Base,
Japan where he was the United States Flight Test Liaison to the Japanese/United
States XF-2 fighter program.
Captain Fincke has over 500 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft types.
- Selected by NASA in April 1996, Captain Fincke reported
to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of training
and evaluation, he is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist.
Currently, Captain Fincke is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office
Operations Planning Branch.
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