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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data



NAME: Michael John Smith, Commander, USN
NASA Astronaut

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Born April 30, 1945, in Morehead City, North Carolina.

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EDUCATION:
Received bachelor of science in naval science from the U.S. Naval Academy (1967); and a master of science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (1968).

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From there he underwent aviator training at Kingsville, Texas, and received his wings in May 1969. After a tour as an instructor at the Navy's Advanced Jet Training Command between 1969 and 1971. Smith flew A- 6 "Intruders" from the USS Kitty Hawk in Southeast Asia. He completed a Vietnam tour of duty aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, graduated from the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1974, Later he worked as a test pilot for the Navy, flying 28 different types of aircraft and logging more than 4,300 hours of flying time.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
He was chosen as a pilot astronaut candidate in 1980, and was the pilot of the STS-51-L mission, which ended in the death of the crew.

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