Astronaut Mike Mullane Addresses Civil Air Patrol Cadets

Civil Air Patrol leaders and cadets pose with Astronaut Mike Mullane after his talk to the group Monday at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Astronaut Mike Mullane. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

Astronaut Mike Mullane spoke to the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol cadets Monday at the Los Alamos Airport.

Col. Mullane graduated from West Point in 1967, was commissioned in the USAF and flew combat missions in Vietnam.

He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is also a graduate of the Air Force Flight Test Engineer School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the Shuttles Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & 36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.

Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

Astronaut Mike Mullane speaking Monday at Civil Air Patrol meeting. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Since his retirement from NASA, Mullane has written an award-winning children’s book, Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream, and a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space?  His memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, has been reviewed in the New York Times and on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It has also been featured on Barnes and Noble’s 2010 recommended summer reading list.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet program is open to youth from age 12 to 21. Benefits to our youth include leadership training, aerospace education and much more. There are 16 active cadets in the Los Alamos squadron.

Youth who may be interested in joining Civil Air Patrol, as well as their parents, are welcome at our Cadet weekly meetings. Cadets meet at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Los Alamos Airport Terminal building. Contact Dan Gabel at for more information.