|Space Shuttle Columbia and Her Crew
|Payload Commander: Michael P.
Anderson, 43, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air
Force, was a former instructor pilot and tactical
officer, and a veteran of one spaceflight. He served as
Payload Commander and Mission Specialist 3 for STS-107.
As payload commander he was responsible for the success
(management) of the science mission aboard STS-107.
Anderson received a bachelor of science in
physics/astronomy from University of Washington in 1981
and a master of science in physics from Creighton
University in 1990. Anderson, as a member of the Blue
Team, worked with the following experiments: European
Space Agency Advanced Respiratory Monitoring System
(ARMS); Combustion Module (CM-2), which included the
Laminar Soot Processes (LSP), Water Mist Fire
Suppression (MIST) and Structures of Flame Balls at Low
Lewis-number (SOFBALL) experiments; Mediterranean
Israeli Dust Experiment (MEIDEX); Mechanics of Granular
Materials (MGM); and the Physiology and Biochemistry
Team (PhAB4) suite of experiments, which included
Calcium Kinetics, Latent Virus Shedding, Protein
Turnover and Renal Stone Risk.
Selected by NASA
in December 1994, Anderson flew on STS-89 in 1998 - the
eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission. Prior to STS-107,
Anderson logged over 211 hours in