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Lounge, John Michael
Lounge
Lounge
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American geophysicist mission specialist astronaut 1980-1991. Grew up in Burlington, Colorado. Flew 99 combat missions in Vietnam.

Status: Deceased; Active 1980-1991. Born: 1946-06-28. Died: 2011-03-01. Spaceflights: 3 . Total time in space: 20.10 days. Birth Place: Denver, Colorado.

Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:JOHN M. "MIKE" LOUNGE
NASA ASTRONAUT (DECEASED)

PERSONAL DATA:  Born June 28, 1946, in Denver, Colorado, but considered Burlington, Colorado, to be his hometown.  Died March 1, 2011 at the age of 64.  Married. Three children.  His recreational interests included jogging, chess, squash, tennis, flying, golfing, and blue grass guitar.

EDUCATION:  Graduated from Burlington High School, Burlington, Colorado, in 1964; received a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1969 and a master of science degree in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1970.

ORGANIZATIONS: Associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

SPECIAL HONORS:  Six Navy Air Medals,  three Navy Commendation Medals (with Combat "V"), the JSC Superior Achievement Award (for service as a member of the Skylab Reentry Team), three NASA Exceptional Service Medals and three NASA Space Flight Medals.

EXPERIENCE:  Lounge entered on active duty with the United States Navy following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent the next nine years in a variety of assignments.  He completed Naval flight officer training at Pensacola, Florida, went on to advanced training as a radar intercept officer in the F-4J Phantom, and subsequently reported to Fighter Squadron 142 based at Naval Air Station Miramar, California.  While with VF-142, he completed a 9-month Southeast Asia cruise aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (participating in 99 combat missions) and a 7-month Mediterranean cruise aboard the USS AMERICA.  In 1974, he returned to the U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor in the Physics Department.  Lounge transferred to the Navy Space Project Office in Washington, D.C., in 1976, for a 2-year tour as a staff project office.  He resigned his regular United States Navy commission in 1978.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  Mr. Lounge has been employed at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center since July 1978.  During this time, he worked as lead engineer for Space Shuttle launched satellites, and also served as a member of the Skylab Re-entry Flight Control Team.  He completed these assignments while with the Payload Operations Division.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1980, he completed a 1 year training and evaluation period, and became an astronaut in August 1981.  He served as a member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for the STS-1, STS-2, and STS-3 missions.  Following his first flight, he was assigned to the first mission to carry the Centaur (cryogenically fueled) upper stage (STS-61F).  After the mission was canceled, he participated in Space Station design development.  From 1989 through 1991, Mr. Lounge served as Chief of the Space Station Support Office, representing astronaut interests in Space Station design and operation planning.

A veteran of three space flights, Mike Lounge logged more than 482 hours in space.  He was a mission specialist on STS-51I (August 27 to September 3, 1985) and STS-26 (September 29 to October 3, 1988) and was the flight engineer on STS-35 (December 2 to December 10, 1990).

Mr. Lounge resigned from NASA in June 1991.  He went on to become Director of Space Shuttle and Space Station Program Development for Boeing - NASA Systems.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  STS-51I Discovery, launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 27, 1985.  During that mission, Lounge's duties included deployment of the Australian AUSSAT communications satellite and operation of the Remote Manipulator System (RMS).  The crew deployed two other communications satellites, the Navy's SYNCOM IV-4, and American Satellite Company's ASC-1, and also performed a successful on-orbit rendezvous and repair of the ailing 15,400 lb SYNCOM IV-3 satellite.  STS-51I completed 112 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 3, 1985.  Mission duration was 171 hours, 17 minutes, 42 seconds.

STS-26 Discovery, the first flight to be flown after the Challenger accident, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on September 29, 1988.  During the 4-day mission, the crew successfully deployed the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-C), which was subsequently carried to orbit by the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) rocket.  They also operated eleven mid-deck experiments.  Discovery completed 64 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on October 3, 1988.  Mission duration was 97 hours, 57 seconds.

STS-35 Columbia, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on December 2, 1990.  Lounge served as flight engineer on this 9-day flight that was dedicated to astronomy.  Very exciting observations of the Universe were collected by the ASTRO-1 ultraviolet telescope and by the Broad Band X-Ray Telescope.  Columbia completed 142 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 10, 1990.  Mission duration was 215 hours, 5 minutes, 8 seconds.

MARCH 2011


Official NASA Biography

NAME: John M. "Mike" Lounge (Mr.)

NASA Astronaut

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Born June 28, 1946, in Denver, Colorado, but considers Burlington, Colorado, to be his hometown. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Lounge, reside in Burlington.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Brown hair; brown eyes; height: 5 feet 10 inches; weight: 175 pounds.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Burlington High School, Burlington, Colorado, in 1964; received a bachelor of science degree in Physics and Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1969 and a master of science degree in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1970.

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Kathryn Anne Havens of Port Arthur, Texas; she is a Payload Integration Manager for the National Space Transportation System Program at the Johnson Space Center.

CHILDREN: Shannon, June 5, 1971; Kenneth, September 14, 1981; Kathy, March 23, 1984.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: He enjoys jogging, chess, squash, tennis, flying, golfing, and blue grass guitar.

ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Texas Air National Guard.

SPECIAL HONORS: 6 Navy Air Medals, 3 Navy Commendation Medals (with Combat "V"), the JSC Superior Achievement Award (for service as a member of the Skylab Reentry Team), a NASA Exceptional Service Medal and 2 NASA Space Flight Medals.

EXPERIENCE: Lounge entered on active duty with the United States Navy following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent the next nine years in a variety of assignments. He completed Naval flight officer training at Pensacola, Florida, went on to advanced training as a radar intercept officer in the F-4J Phantom, and subsequently reported to Fighter Squadron 142 based at Naval Air Station Miramar, California. While with VF-142, he completed a 9-month Southeast Asia cruise aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (participating in 99 combat missions) and a 7-month Mediterranean cruise aboard the USS AMERICA. In 1974, he returned to the U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor in the Physics Department. Lounge transferred to the Navy Space Project Office in Washington, D.C., in 1976, for a two year tour as a staff project officer. He resigned his regular United States Navy commission in 1978 and affiliated with the Naval Air Reserve, flying F-4Ns with Reserve Fighter Squadron 201 at the Naval Air Station Dallas, Texas. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas Air National Guard, and is assigned to Headquarters, Texas Air National Guard.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Mr. Lounge has been employed at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center since July 1978. During this time, he worked as lead engineer for Space Shuttle launched satellites, and also served as a member of the Skylab Reentry Flight Control Team. He completed these assignments while with the Payloads Operations Division.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1980, he completed a one year training and evaluation period, and became an astronaut in August 1981. He served as a member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for the STS-1, STS-2 and STS-3 missions.

Mr. Lounge was a mission specialist on STS 51-I which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 27, 1985. During that mission his duties included deployment of the Australian AUSSAT communications satellite and operation of the Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The crew deployed two other communications satellites, the Navy's SYNCOM IV-4, and American Satellite Company's ASC-1, and also performed a successful on-orbit rendezvous and repair of the ailing 15,400 lb SYNCOM IV-3 satellite. STS 51-I completed 112 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 3, 1985.

Following his flight on STS 51-I, he was assigned to the first mission to carry the Centaur (cryogenically fueled) upper stage (STS 61-F). After that mission was canceled, he participated in Space Station design development.

Mr. Lounge next flew as a mission specialist on STS-26, the first flight to be flown after the Challenger accident. The Orbiter Discovery was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on September 29, 1988. During the four day mission, the crew successfully deployed the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-C), which was subsequently carried to orbit by the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) rocket. They also operated eleven mid-deck experiments. Discovery completed 64 orbits of the earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on October 3, 1988. Mission duration was 97 hours.

Mr. Lounge's third flight into space occurred in December 1990 on STS-35. He served as flight engineer and Space Shuttle operator for that 9-day flight of Columbia which was dedicated to astronomy. Very exciting observations of the Universe were collected by the ASTRO-1 ultraviolet telescope and by the Broad Band X-Ray Telescope. With the completion of this flight, Mr. Lounge has logged over 482 hours in space.

CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Mr. Lounge is assigned as Chief of the Space Station Support office which deals with Space Station design and operation.

JANUARY 1991


More at: Lounge.

Family: Mission Specialist Astronaut, NASA Group 9 - 1980. Country: USA. Flights: STS-51-I, STS-61-F, STS-26, STS-35. Projects: STS. Agency: USN. Bibliography: 12, 5712.

1946 June 28 - .
  • Birth of John Michael 'Mike' Lounge - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lounge. American geophysicist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-51-I, STS-26, STS-35..

1980 May 19 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 9 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bagian, Blaha, Bolden, Bridges, Chang-Diaz, Cleave, Dunbar, Fisher, William, Gardner, Guy, Grabe, Hilmers, Leestma, Lounge, O Connor, Richards, Ross, Smith, Spring, Springer.

    The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm..


1985 August 27 - . 10:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. Launch Platform: MLP1. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-51-I - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Covey, Engle, Fisher, William, Lounge, van Hoften. Payload: Discovery F06 / Syncom-4 4 [Orbus-7S] / Aussat A1. Mass: 19,952 kg (43,986 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Covey, Engle, Fisher, William, Lounge, van Hoften. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-51-I. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 7.10 days. Decay Date: 1985-09-03 . USAF Sat Cat: 15992 . COSPAR: 1985-076A. Apogee: 364 km (226 mi). Perigee: 351 km (218 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 91.70 min.

    Manned five crew. Launched Aussat 1, ASC 1, Leasat 4; repaired Leasat 3. Payloads: Deploy ASC (American Satellite Company)-1 with Payload Assist Modue (PAM)-D. Deploy AUSSAT (Australian communications satellite)-1 with PAM-D. Deploy Syncom IV-4 communications satellite with its unique stage. Retrieve Leasat-3 communications satellite, repair and deploy by extravehicular activity (EVA) astronauts. Physical Vapor Transport Organic Solids (PVTOS) experiment.


1985 September 3 - .
1986 May - .
1988 September 29 - . 15:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: MLP2. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-26 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Covey, Hauck, Hilmers, Lounge, Nelson. Payload: Discovery F07 / PDP. Mass: 21,082 kg (46,477 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Covey, Hauck, Hilmers, Lounge, Nelson. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-26. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 4.04 days. Decay Date: 1988-10-03 . USAF Sat Cat: 19547 . COSPAR: 1988-091A. Apogee: 306 km (190 mi). Perigee: 301 km (187 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 90.60 min.

    Manned five crew. First shuttle reflight after Challenger disaster. Deployed TDRS 3. Payloads: Deploy IUS (lnertial Upper Stage) with Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-C. 3M's Physical Vapor Transport Organics Solids 2 experiment (PVTOS), Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF), Infrared Communi-cations Flight Experiment (lRCFE), Protein Crystal Growth Il (PCG), Isoelectric Focusing (ISF)-2, Phase Partitioning Experiment (PPE), Aggrega-tion of Red Blood Cells (ARC)-2, Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE)-1, Earth Limb Radiance (ELRAD), Orbiter Experiments (OEX), Autonomous Supporting Instrumentation System (OASlS)-I, two Shuttle Student Involvement Project (SSIP) experiments.


1988 October 3 - .
1990 December 2 - . 06:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: MLP3. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-35 - . Call Sign: Columbia. Crew: Brand, Durrance, Gardner, Guy, Hoffman, Lounge, Parise, Parker. Payload: Columbia F10 / BBXRT. Mass: 11,943 kg (26,329 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Brand, Durrance, Gardner, Guy, Hoffman, Lounge, Parise, Parker. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-35. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Columbia. Duration: 8.96 days. Decay Date: 1990-12-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 20980 . COSPAR: 1990-106A. Apogee: 362 km (224 mi). Perigee: 352 km (218 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 91.70 min. Manned seven crew. Carried ASTRO-1 observatory. Payloads: Ultraviolet Astronomy TeIescope (Astro), Broad-Band X-Ray Telescope (BBXRT), Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX), Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS)..

1990 December 11 - .

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