Mike Mongo

Author, The Astronaut Instruction Manual
The First Kid in Space

Mike Mongo is author of widely-praised children’s book The Astronaut Instruction Manual. As an author and STEM/STEAM educator, he works to encourage young students to pursue careers in space science and space STEAM-related fields.

He is vice-president of interstellar space science advocacy group, Icarus Interstellar, and strategic director of interstellar space science summit, Starship Congress. He serves as At-Large Board Member on the board of Students for Exploration & Development of Space (SEDS) and is the oldest active student member in the history of SEDS-USA.

Mike is creator of the Space is for Everybody and BUILD A STARSHIP initiatives, and is based out of Key West, FL, where he lives with his wife Leonie Thompson-Mongo and a rollicking cast of outdoor cats. His book, The Astronaut Instruction Manual, has recently been optioned and is currently in television series pre-production by Legendary Pictures.

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The First Kid in Space

Main Stage

Why has there never been a child sent to space? The simple, grown-up answer is, “It’s too dangerous!” So if that’s the case, when was the first flight of a child aboard an airplane and who were they? (The answer may surprise you.) Sending kids to space may the single most important factor in determining […]