Colonel Mullane was born September 10, 1945 in Wichita Falls, Texas but spent much of his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he currently resides. Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. As a Weapon Systems Operator aboard RF-4C Phantom aircraft, he completed 134 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, California.
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.
Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel 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 Jon Stewart Daily Show. It has also been featured on Barnes and Noble’s 2010 recommended summer reading list.
Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado’s highest peaks.
Mullane has also served as a host for Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network. His wonderfully entertaining presentations of Stories From Space have been eagerly solicited by organizations of all kinds – from Fortune 500 companies to professional associations; from societies to schools and universities.
Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs.
Mike and Donna Mullane recently celebrated their 45th anniversary. The couple have three children and six grand-children.
In this program, Astronaut Mullane delivers a hard-hitting, substantive teamwork and leadership program, that is also wonderfully entertaining.
Astronaut Mike Mullane delivers a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. Mullane introduces this subject with a recount of his own near-death experience in a fighter jet, when he failed to speak up about an unsafe situation.
This program will take the audience on a uniquely revealing, captivating and hilarious space journey. Using spectacular video and slides he will answer everybody’s space questions.
“Mike is a dynamic speaker that will engage your audience. Mike takes the time to research and learn how his message fits into your organization and adjusts accordingly. Through his humor and knowledge he will give your audience things to think about long after his presentation.”
“Thank you for everything. Mike did a great job!”
“Mike got the only standing ovation of the conference! He was a huge hit with our audience – his message was definitely on point for our folks and everyone enjoyed his stories as well.”
“Excellent, great!!! Exceeded expectations…would highly recommend.”
“Perfect message, style and impact. I’ve received countless unsolicited complements with regards to your presentation today. Teamwork, responsibility and courageous self-leadership corresponded perfectly with our event theme, but more importantly, with the business/life lessons we were striving to drive to our group.”
“He was perfect!! We all really enjoyed him!”
“Mike exceeded our expectations. Message was everything he promised it would be. Mike was able to connect with each and every member of our team and he rounded out a great day for our department.”
“Mike’s session was excellent. He has a powerful message that our audience of engineering leaders could relate to very well. Drawing from a lifetime of experience, interspersed with humorous anecdotes, Mike kept the audience engaged the whole time.”
“Mike was fantastic. Truly a wonderful man, and his presentation was exactly inline with the conference message.”
“He life experience is fascinating and quite an honor to have a peak at. It felt like his leadership and teamwork presentation felt as though it had been customized to our group. He listens well and incorporates the nature of the company into viable, relatable content.”