Join us Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the National Geographic Theater for a discussion with Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger about their ventures into the cosmos.
Metcalf-Lindenburger was selected by NASA as a Mission Specialist in May 2004. In February 2006, she completed Astronaut Candidate Training, which included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified her for technical assignments within the Astronaut Office and future flight assignment. Metcalf-Lindenburger served as the Astronaut Office Station Branch twig lead for systems and crew interfaces. In 2010, she was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-131 and logged more than 362 hours in space. After her space flight, she worked as a Cape Crusader for the final three shuttle missions. She also supported the Astronaut Office Station Operation Branch as a lead for the provisions, manifests, and stowage twig.
In June 2012, Metcalf-Lindenburger commanded the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 16. In this underwater habitat, the international crew of four aquanauts and two habitat technicians carried out simulated spacewalks to investigate the techniques and tools that may be used at a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA). Additionally, they operated under a 50-second, one-way communication delay and conducted educational and public live video appearances.