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Michael P. Anderson

1959 - 2003

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Michael Phillip Anderson (December 25, 1959 – February 1, 2003) was a United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut. Anderson and his six fellow crew members were killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the craft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Anderson served as the payload commander and lieutenant colonel in charge of science experiments on the Columbia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael P. Anderson has received more than 659,319 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Michael P. Anderson is the 29th most popular astronaut (up from 36th in 2019), the 1,901st most popular biography from United States (up from 2,149th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Michael P. Anderson ranks 29 out of 524Before him are Gus Grissom, James Irwin, Edgar Mitchell, Ed White, Valery Bykovsky, and Ilan Ramon. After him are Bruce McCandless II, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Roger B. Chaffee, Alan Bean, Frank Borman, and John Young.

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Among people born in 1959, Michael P. Anderson ranks 49Before him are Mauricio Macri, Rigoberta Menchú, Sade, Anne Hidalgo, Victoria Abril, and Rosanna Arquette. After him are Youssou N'Dour, Ving Rhames, Boyko Borisov, Nina Hartley, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and Donna Strickland. Among people deceased in 2003, Michael P. Anderson ranks 63Before him are Walt Whitman Rostow, Anna Lindh, John Schlesinger, Vasil Bykaŭ, Georg Henrik von Wright, and Ilan Ramon. After him are Moktar Ould Daddah, Alan Bates, Donald O'Connor, Uday Hussein, Fred Rogers, and Kinji Fukasaku.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael P. Anderson ranks 1,901 out of 18,182Before him are William F. Sharpe (1934), Walker Evans (1903), Rosanna Arquette (1959), DJ Khaled (1975), Hayden White (1928), and Ed Lauter (1938). After him are Wild Bill Hickok (1837), Al Oerter (1936), Malcolm Glazer (1928), Edsel Ford (1893), Alben W. Barkley (1877), and Carole King (1942).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Michael P. Anderson ranks 15Before him are Jim Lovell (1928), Harrison Schmitt (1935), Gus Grissom (1926), James Irwin (1930), Edgar Mitchell (1930), and Ed White (1930). After him are Bruce McCandless II (1937), Roger B. Chaffee (1935), Alan Bean (1932), Frank Borman (1928), John Young (1930), and Ellison Onizuka (1946).