Michael-Smith-Obituary

Michael J. Smith

Obituary

A native of North Carolina, Michael J. Smith graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served in Vietnam. After the war, he became a Navy test pilot and, in 1980, was selected for the astronaut program.

On January 28, 1986, Smith, the Challenger's pilot, was one of seven crew members killed when the space shuttle exploded seconds after lift-off. It was to have been Smith's first mission in space.

Twenty-five years later, we remember astronaut Michael Smith and invite you to share memories and condolences in his Guest Book.

Guest Book

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Michael Smith,I thank you for your service to our country and to our Space Program.May God be with your family in this time of need. You will always be remembered RIP Challenger Seven Crew

For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones (Hebrews 6:10). Michael will never be forgotten for all the work done for the NASA community and especially those encouraged and inspired in this wonderful persons' care. May God continue to strengthen your family in these “times hard to deal with” (2Tim 3:1), especially without a beloved one such as Michael J. Smith.

Will always remember that day. Thank You for your service. May you rest in peace. Prayers to your family.

HE DIED IN A CRASH WITH HIS CREW HE DIED JANUARY 28 1986

A true American hero. RIP Sir.

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.