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Steven W. Lindsey (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) was selected as a NASA astronaut in March 1995. A veteran of five Space Shuttle flights, Lindsey has logged more than 1,510 hours in space.
Lindsey first flew in space on November 19, 1997 as Pilot of STS-87 Columbia. As the fourth U.S. Microgravity Payload flight, the mission focused on experiments designed to show how the weightless environment of space affects various physical processes. The mission also made observations of the Sun’s outer atmospheric layers. During one of STS-87’s spacewalks which included a manual capture of a Spartan satellite, Lindsey piloted the first flight of the AERCam Sprint, a free-flying robotic camera.
As Pilot of Discovery, Lindsey returned to space alongside Senator John Glenn on STS-95, which launched October 29, 1998. The crew conducted a variety of science experiments in the SPACEHAB module, investigated the effects of spaceflight on the aging process, and deployed both the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform.
Lindsey’s first mission as Commander was STS-104, the 10th International Space Station (ISS) assembly mission. After launching on July 12, 2001, the crew of Atlantis rendezvoused with the ISS and conducted joint operations with the Expedition 2 crew in order to install the Quest Joint Airlock. In addition to installing and activating the Joint Airlock, the crew also performed the first spacewalk using Quest.
Lindsey next commanded STS-121 Discovery, the second Return to Flight test mission after the Columbia mishap. Launched on July 4, 2006, the crew tested new equipment and procedures meant to increase the safety of the space shuttle fleet.
STS-133 saw Lindsey commanding the 39th and final flight of Discovery, launched on February 24, 2011. The crew docked with the ISS and delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module, an Express Logistics Carrier, and Robonaut 2, the first human-like robot in space.
During his time with NASA, Lindsey served as Deputy for Space Shuttle Operations and Co-Chairman of the Space Shuttle Cockpit Council as well as the Chief of International Space Station Operations for the Astronaut Office. After completion of STS-121, he became Chief of the Astronaut Office. In July 2011, Lindsey retired from NASA and joined Sierra Nevada Corporation to lead the Dream Chaser spacecraft flight operations. He is currently the Dream Chaser Senior Director and Co-Program Manager, responsible for managing Dream Chaser Space System development, testing, and production.
Lindsey was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 29, 2015.