National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Michael J. McCulley (Captain, USN, Ret.)
- NASA Astronaut (former)
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born August 4, 1943, in San Diego, California, but
considers Livingston, Tennessee to be his hometown. Married to the former Jane Emalie
Thygeson of Melbourne, Florida. Six children. Recreational interests include skiing,
reading, camping, and jogging.
- Graduated from Livingston Academy Livingston, Tennessee,
in 1961; received a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in
Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.
- Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots,
the Association of Space Explorations, the Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), and
Tau Beta Pi.
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- Awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service
Medal, NASA Space Flight Medal, Navy Commendation medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, National
Defense Medal, Small Arms Expert Ribbon, and the Battle "E" Ribbon.
- After graduation from high school, McCulley enlisted in the
U.S. Navy and subsequently served on one diesel-powered and two nuclear-powered submarines. In 1965 he entered Purdue University, and in January 1970, received his Naval Officers commission and both degrees. Following flight training, he served tours of duty in A-4 and A-6 aircraft, and was selected to attend the Empire Test Pilots School in Great Britain. He served in a variety of test pilots billets at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland, before returning to sea duty on USS SARATOGA and USS NIMITZ.
He has flown over 50 aircraft types, logging over 5,00 flying hours, and has nearly 400 carrier landings from six aircraft carriers.
- NASA EXPERIENCE:
- Selected by NASA in May 1984, McCulley completed a one-year training and evaluation program in June 1985, qualifying him for assignment as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flight crews. His technical assignments include: Astronaut Office weather coordinator; flight crew representative to the Shuttle Requirements Control Board; Technical Assistant to the Director of Flight Crew Operations; lead of the Astronaut
Support Team at the Kennedy Space Center. He flew on STS-34 in 1989 and has logged a
total of 119 hours and 41 minutes in space. In October 1990, McCulley retired from
NASA and the Navy to join the Lockheed Space Operations Company as the Deputy Director of
the Kennedy Space Center Launch Site with responsibility for over 6000 people who are
involved in the processing of space shuttles from wheels-stop on the runway through T-0
on the Launch pad. Currently, McCulley is Vice President and Deputy Program Manager for
the Space Flight Operation Contract and United Space Alliance. He is responsible for
over 9000 people involved in virtually all aspects of Space Shuttle operation including
flight controllers, astronaut training, and both launch and mission control facilities
and operations in Texas and Florida.
- SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
- McCulley was the pilot on STS-34. The crew
aboard Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on October 18,
1989, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on October 23, 1989. During the
mission crew members successfully deployed the Galileo spacecraft on its journey to
explore Jupiter, operated the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Instrument (SSBUV)
to map atmospheric ozone, and performed numerous secondary experiments involving
polymer morphology, lightning research, microgravity effects on plants, and a student
experiment on ice crystal growth in space. Mission duration was 4 days, 23 hours, 41
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