Michael J. Smith

1945 - 1986

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Michael John Smith (April 30, 1945 – January 28, 1986), (Capt USN) was an American engineer and astronaut. He served as the pilot of the Space Shuttle Challenger when it was destroyed during the STS-51-L mission, when it broke up 73 seconds into the flight, and at an altitude of 48,000 feet (14.6 km), killing all 7 crew members. Smith's voice was the last one heard on the Challenger voice recorder. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael J. Smith has received more than 3,963 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Michael J. Smith is the 43rd most popular astronaut (up from 64th in 2019), the 2,301st most popular biography from United States (up from 2,907th in 2019) and the 26th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Michael J. Smith ranks 43 out of 524Before him are William Anders, Charles Duke, Thomas P. Stafford, Ken Mattingly, Ellison Onizuka, and Christa McAuliffe. After him are Jean-Loup Chrétien, Alfred Worden, Viktor Patsayev, Pavel Belyayev, Mirosław Hermaszewski, and Sergei Krikalev.

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Among people born in 1945, Michael J. Smith ranks 120Before him are Christoph Schönborn, Raymond E. Feist, Anatoly Fomenko, John Garang, Ernie Hudson, and David Purley. After him are Daniel Olbrychski, Richard R. Schrock, Franco Battiato, Gunther von Hagens, Angus Deaton, and Frans Sammut. Among people deceased in 1986, Michael J. Smith ranks 77Before him are Ferdinand Daučík, Emilio Fernández, Lyudmila Rudenko, Ellison Onizuka, Bernard Malamud, and Christa McAuliffe. After him are Elio de Angelis, Omar Ali Saifuddien III, Alexandre Tansman, Christopher Isherwood, André Leroi-Gourhan, and Nicholas Kaldor.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael J. Smith ranks 2,301 out of 15,968Before him are Sam Rockwell (1968), Bernard Malamud (1914), Ub Iwerks (1901), Christa McAuliffe (1948), Larry Scott (1938), and Matthew Ridgway (1895). After him are Max Baer (1909), Joe Pass (1929), James Tolkan (1931), Piper Laurie (1932), Dean Acheson (1893), and Samuel Fuller (1912).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Michael J. Smith ranks 26Before him are Michael P. Anderson (1959), Charles Duke (1935), Thomas P. Stafford (1930), Ken Mattingly (1936), Ellison Onizuka (1946), and Christa McAuliffe (1948). After him are Alfred Worden (1932), Gordon Cooper (1927), Ronald Evans (1933), Roger B. Chaffee (1935), Dick Scobee (1939), and Wally Schirra (1923).