On the 4th of September, Kingsway Cadets hosted a function organised by DFES where Astronaut Mike Mullane from Albuquerque, New Mexico gave a presentation and answered questions. He gave an engaging and motivating talk encompassing teamwork, leadership and safety.
Mike is a West Point graduate who was commissioned in the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam. He 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 and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.
Mike 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 not slowed down.
Pursuing his lifelong passion for mountain climbing, Mike has averaged nearly 500 miles per year of backpacking in the mountains of the West. Since age 60 he has summited Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and forty of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks.
Mike has written an award-winning children’s book, Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream, a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space? And his memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut.
As well as our own Cadets, there were about 50 Cadets plus their instructors attending from other schools, which included:
• Mukinbudin District High School
• Wyalkatchem District High School
• Mount Magnet District High School
• John Septimus Roe
• Wongan Hills District High School