and raised in Eastpointe, Michigan, Dr. Jerry M. Linenger
received his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and obtained
his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1981.
Since then, he has obtained master's degrees in systems
management and public health policy and a Ph. D. in
1992, Linenger joined astronaut selection Group XIV
at the Johnson Space Center. He was selected from more
than 2,000 qualified applicants and flew his first mission
aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in September of 1994.
January 12, 1997, Linenger departed for a five-month
stay aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, during which
Linenger and his Russian colleagues fought fires, system
failures and beaurocracy. Having logged some 50 million
miles during his 132 days, 4 hours and 1 minute in space,
Linenger held the record for the longest space mission
by an American male at mission completion. His book
detailing his experiences, Off
the Planet was published in February, 2000.
lives with his wife and two sons in northern Michigan.