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 532,312 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Michael P. Anderson is the 36th most popular astronaut (up from 40th in 2019), the 2,150th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,985th in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Michael P. Anderson ranks 36 out of 524Before him are Pavel Popovich, Valeri Kubasov, Bruce McCandless II, Ilan Ramon, Georgy Dobrovolsky, and Vladislav Volkov. After him are William Anders, Charles Duke, Thomas P. Stafford, Ken Mattingly, Ellison Onizuka, and Christa McAuliffe.

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Among people born in 1959, Michael P. Anderson ranks 49Before him are Sade, Per Gessle, Sam Raimi, Victoria Abril, Ramón Díaz, and Rigoberta Menchú. After him are Youssou N'Dour, Luciano Spalletti, Rupert Everett, Florence Griffith Joyner, Patricia Clarkson, and Milorad Dodik. Among people deceased in 2003, Michael P. Anderson ranks 69Before him are Moktar Ould Daddah, Monique Wittig, Elem Klimov, David Hemmings, Ilan Ramon, and Uday Hussein. After him are Michael Jeter, Rubén González, Alan Bates, Fritz Fischer, André Claveau, and Rik Van Steenbergen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael P. Anderson ranks 2,150 out of 15,968Before him are Pete Sampras (1971), Kate Capshaw (1953), Bettie Page (1923), Terry Brooks (1944), Jennifer Jason Leigh (1962), and Ron Paul (1935). After him are Fredric Jameson (1934), Agnes Moorehead (1900), Victor Mature (1913), Ruth Gordon (1896), Richard Kuklinski (1935), and John Grinder (1940).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Michael P. Anderson ranks 20Before him are James Irwin (1930), Fred Haise (1933), Gus Grissom (1926), Frank Borman (1928), Alan Bean (1932), and Bruce McCandless II (1937). After him are Charles Duke (1935), Thomas P. Stafford (1930), Ken Mattingly (1936), Ellison Onizuka (1946), Christa McAuliffe (1948), and Michael J. Smith (1945).