Born January 16, 1955, and raised in Eastpointe, Michigan. received a bachelor of science degree in bioscience from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977; a doctorate in medicine from Wayne State University in 1981; a master of science degree in systems management from University of Southern California in 1988; a master of public health degree in health policy from the University of North Carolina in 1989; a doctor of philosophy degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 1989. Linenger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and proceeded directly to medical school. Linenger completed a nearly five month mission, about the International Space Station (ISS) logging approximately 50 million miles (the equivalent of over 110 round trips to the Moon and back), more than 2000 orbits around the Earth, and traveled at an average speed of 18,000 miles per hour.