Mark N. Brown (Colonel, USAF)
NASA Astronaut (former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born November 18, 1951, in Valparaiso, Indiana. Married to the former Lynne A. Anderson of River Grove, Illinois. They have two daughters. Recreational interests include fishing, hiking, jogging, all sports, and chess. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Brown, reside in Valparaiso, Indiana. Her mother, Mrs. Charles E. Anderson, resides in River Grove, Illinois.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso, Indiana in 1969; received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1973, and a master of science degree in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1980.
SPECIAL HONORS: NASA Space Flight Medal. Distinguished Graduate from Air Force ROTC, Aerospace Defense Command "We Point With Pride" Award, Air Force Command Pilot, Senior Space Badge, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
EXPERIENCE: Brown received his pilot wings at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, in 1974. He was then assigned to the 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan, where he flew both T-33 and F-106 aircraft. In 1979 Brown was transferred to the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and received his master of science degree in astronautical engineering in 1980.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Brown has been employed at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center since 1980. Assigned as an engineer in the Flight Activities Section, he participated in the development of contingency procedures for use aboard the Shuttle and served as an attitude and pointing officer. Brown supported STS flights 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 41-C in the Flight Activity Officer/Staff Support Room of the Mission Control Center.