Captain Jerry Linenger is a retired United States Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut who spent nearly five months aboard the Russian Space Station Mir. He faced numerous life-threatening events, including a fire, repeated failure of critical life-support systems, and a computer malfunction that sent the space station tumbling uncontrollably through space. Linenger is one of eight storytellers featured in National Geographic’s ONE STRANGE ROCK, a ten-part television documentary series exploring life on Earth in the company of astronauts.
A Naval Academy graduate, Linenger holds doctorates in both medicine and research methodology, as well as dual master’s degrees in Policy and Systems Management. He has also been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees in science. Linenger was awarded the 2013 “Trailblazer Award” from WSU School of Medicine for his lifelong contributions to medical research and to the advancement of medicine. In 2008, NASA awarded Linenger the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award conferred by NASA, citing his courage and outstanding service to country. Since 2005, Linenger has advised Circle of Blue and currently serves on its Board.
He is author of the books Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station MIR, and Letters from Mir: An Astronaut’s Letters to His Son.
A father of four, Linenger resides in northern Michigan with his wife, Kathryn, and enjoys running, bicycling, swimming, writing and stand-up paddle boarding in his free time.