Richard “Mike” Mullane

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Astronaut, Writer

The best expression to be used for Mike Mullane is “the

more you do . . . the more you do.” NASA selected him in

1978 as a mission specialist in the first group of space shuttle

astronauts. He completed three space missions and logged

356 hours in space aboard the Discovery (STS-41D), Atlantis

(STS-27), and Atlantis (STS-36).

He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame

and is the recipient of many awards including the Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, and the NASA

Space Flight Medal.

His devotion to the education of children is well known.

He is an award-winning writer of the children’s book, Liftoff!

An Astronaut’s Dream. His books and children’s videos have

been well received. He has also authored, Do Your Ears Pop

in Space?, a space fact book.

His essay is truly special. It is filled with humility, humor,

and determination. His message that “a less than popular”

boy can become a man who made his “amazing dream” come

true is a real inspiration.