Captain Michael J. Smith Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
MICHAEL J. SMITH (Captain, U.S. Navy)
NASA ASTRONAUT (Deceased)
PERSONAL DATA: Born April 30, 1945, in Beaufort, North Carolina. Died January 28, 1986. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and three children. Michael enjoyed woodworking, running, tennis, and squash.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Beaufort High School, Beaufort, North Carolina, in 1963; received a bachelor of science degree in Naval Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and a master of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1968.
AWARDS: Posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
SPECIAL HONORS: The Defense Distinguished Service Medal (posthumous), Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Air Medals, 13 Strike Flight Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with "V", the Navy Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.
EXPERIENCE: Graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and subsequently attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. He completed Navy aviation jet training at Kingsville, Texas, receiving his aviator wings in May 1969. He was then assigned to the Advanced Jet Training Command (VT-21) where he served as an instructor from May 1969 to March 1971. During the 2-year period that followed, he flew A-6 Intruders and completed a Vietnam cruise while assigned to Attack Squadron 52 aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). In 1974, he completed U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and was assigned to the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate at Patuxent River, Maryland, to work on the A-6E TRAM and CRUISE missile guidance systems. He returned to the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1976 and completed an 18-month tour as an instructor. From Patuxent River, he was assigned to Attack Squadron 75 where he served as maintenance and operations officer while completing two Mediterranean deployments aboard the USS SARATOGA. He flew 28 different types of civilian and military aircraft, logging 4,867.7 hours of flying time.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 1980, he completed a 1-year training and evaluation period in August 1981, qualifying him for assignment as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flight crews. He served as a commander in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, Deputy Chief of Aircraft Operations Division, Technical Assistant to the Director, Flight Operations Directorate, and was also assigned to the Astronaut Office Development and Test Group.
Captain Smith was assigned as pilot on STS 51-L. He was also assigned as pilot for Space Shuttle Mission 61-N scheduled for launch in the Fall of 1986. Captain Smith died on January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center, also taking the lives of spacecraft commander, Mr. F.R. Scobee, three mission specialists, Dr. R.E. McNair, Lieutenant Colonel E.S. Onizuka (USAF), and Dr. J.A. Resnik, and two civilian payload specialists, Mr. G.B. Jarvis and Mrs. S. C. McAuliffe.
CAPTAIN MICHAEL J. SMITH - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 84738Michael J. Smith signs a philatelic envelope for the "NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Shuttle Tracking Team/STS-26 Launch". Philatelic Envelope signed: "Michael J. Smith", 6½x3½.
Sale Price $450.00
CAPTAIN MICHAEL J. SMITH - ENVELOPE SIGNED CIRCA 1988 - HFSID 29958Michael J. Smith signs an envelope in black ink. Envelope signed: "Michael J. Smith", 6½x3½. Four stamps postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, September 29, 1988. Smith signed this envelope before it was postmarked or cacheted.
Sale Price $405.00
CAPTAIN MICHAEL J. SMITH - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 311276The pilot of the disastrous Challenger mission and several others from the NASA Astronaut Group 9 sign on this commemorative envelope First Day Cover Signed: "Bob Springer", "Mike Lounge", "Mike Smith", "Bob Stewart", "Franklin F.…"
Sale Price $595.00
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 51L CREW - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 292068Official NASA photograph of the crew of the ill-fated Challenger mission STS-51L. Challenger exploded in midair on January 28, 1986, making it the deadliest accident in NASA history until the destruction of the Columbia in 2003.
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 51L CREW - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 350567This official NASA photograph is a crew photo of the ill-fated Challenger mission STS-51L, which exploded in midair on Jan. 29, 1986 and which was the deadliest accident in NASA history until the destruction of the Columbia in 2003.
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 51L CREW - COLLECTION WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 91147Collection framed in the Gallery of History style to 42x28. Four of the astronauts signed envelopes postmarked the day they died Comprises: (1) DICK SCOBEE, JUDY RESNICK and RON McNAIR.
Sale Price $5,525.00
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER - STS - 51L CREW - PRINTED PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED IN INK WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 334947This official NASA photograph is a crew photo of the ill-fated Challenger mission STS-51L, which exploded in midair on January 28, 1986 and was the deadliest accident in NASA history until the destruction of the Columbia in 2003.
Sale Price $11,050.00