Space Community Mourns Loss of Former NASA Astronaut Mike Lounge

The space community is mourning the loss of former NASA astronaut John “Mike” Lounge, a three-time space shuttle veteran who died Tuesday from complications from liver cancer. He was 64.

An astrophysicist and decorated Naval aviator, Lounge made his first shuttle flight aboard Discovery in 1985. He also flew on Discovery’s “return to flight” mission in 1988, the first U.S. human expedition after the loss of Challenger. Lounge made his final flight in 1990 aboard Columbia.

He resigned from NASA in 1991 and went to work for Boeing. In recent years, he was a supporter of the commercial spaceflight industry, volunteering his time to support the effort.

“Mike was a tremendous supporter of the commercial spaceflight industry. The last year and a half he put in countless volunteer hours to support and advocate for all that we are trying to achieve. He was a good friend with a big heart, and he will be missed tremendously. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” said Brett Alexander of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.