Born June 28, 1946, in Denver, Colorado, but considered Burlington, Colorado, to be his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1969 and a master of science degree in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1970. While with flight squadron VF-142, he completed a 9-month Southeast Asia cruise aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (participating in 99 combat missions) and a 7-month Mediterranean cruise aboard the USS AMERICA. A veteran of three space flights, Mike Lounge logged more than 482 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on Discovery (August 27 to September 3, 1985) and again on Discovery (September 29 to October 3, 1988) and was the flight engineer on Columbia (December 2 to December 10, 1990). Astronaut John M. (Mike) Lounge, pictured, heads upward to the flight deck from the mid deck in the Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT) at the Shuttle Mockup and Integration Laboratory during a March 10, 1988, crew station review.