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Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger    

Former NASA Astronaut; Educator & Earth Scientist

Dorothy Marie "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenburger is a former American astronaut for NASA. She joined NASA and the Astronaut Corps in 2004. After several years of training, she was assigned to the STS-131 crew, an International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission, and flew as Mission Specialist 2 (also known as the flight engineer). She also served as a robotic arm operator, the Intra-vehicular crew member (the inside coordinator of the spacewalks), and a transfer crew member (helping move six tons of hardware and equipment). The mission lasted fifteen days.

During June of 2012, Dottie commanded the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) in the Aquarius Reef Habitat off the Florida coast. The underwater mission sought to develop techniques for working at a near earth asteroid, while working under a 100-second time delay. In June of 2014, Dottie retired from the Astronaut Corps and returned to the Pacific Northwest with her family. She continues to speak and promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education.

Metcalf-Lindenburger was born and raised along the Front Range of Colorado. A scholar athlete, she ran cross-country and track for Whitman College, in Walla Walla, WA, and graduated with honors and a degree in Geology. After attending Whitman College, she received her teaching certification from Central Washington University, and she went on to teach for five years at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, WA. In addition to teaching, she coached cross country and Science Olympiad.

Speech Topics


Speaking Points

  • Daring to Dream Big and Working Hard for Your Passion
  • Life in Space; Life Underwater
  • Leadership and Followership; a good leader does both
  • Mentee and Mentor

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