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Colonel Mullane was born in 1945 in Wichita Falls, Texas but spent much of his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he currently resides. Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, he was commissioned in the US Air Force. As a Weapon Systems Operator aboard RF-4C Phantom aircraft, Mike Mullane completed 134 combat missions in Vietnam. He holds a Masters of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is also a graduate of the Air Force Flight Test Engineer School at Edwards Air Force Base.
Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. Colonel Mullane completed three space missions and logged 356 hours in space aboard the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.
Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.
Colonel Mullane is married to the former Donna Sei and the couple has three children and six grandchildren.
https://www.amazon.com/stream/ref=nav_upnav_LargeImage2_SearchSince his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written and published the novel Red Sky – A Novel of Love, Space & War; the award-winning children’s book Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream; and a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space? Mike Mullane’s memoir, Riding Rockets, The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, has been reviewed by the NY Times and on the Jon Stewart Daily Show. Colonel Mullane has also served as a host for Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program on the USA Network. His wonderfully entertaining presentations of Stories From Space have been eagerly solicited by organizations of all kinds – from Fortune 500 companies to professional associations; from societies to schools and universities.
As a professional speaker, Colonel Mullane has thrilled tens of thousands of adults and a half million children with his inspirational, motivational and humorous descriptions of the astronaut experience.