Wednesday, March 22, former astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger will visit Lakeside as the Dan Ayrault Memorial Endowed Lecture speaker. In daytime assemblies speaking to Middle School and Upper School students and in an evening lecture open to all members of the Lakeside community, Metcalf-Lindenburger will share behind-the-scenes photos and video footage about how a Vancouver, Wash., high-school science teacher followed her childhood dream to go to space.
Metcalf-Lindenburger began as a mission specialist at NASA in 2004 – finding her path there through its program for teachers. After two years of intensive training, she served as a mission specialist on STS-131 Discovery, a 2010 Space Shuttle resupply mission to the International Space Station. For the final three shuttle missions she worked on the small team of astronauts who serve as the crew's point of contact between NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and NASA Kennedy Space Center on the Florida Coast.
In 2012, Metcalf-Lindenburger commanded the NASA Extreme Environment Missions Operations 16 (NEEMO 16) undersea exploration mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory. The international crew of four aquanauts and two habitat technicians carried out simulated spacewalks to investigate the techniques and tools that may be used to work on near-Earth asteroids. Metcalf-Lindenburger retired from NASA in 2014 and now is in graduate school studying earth science at the University of Washington.
The evening lecture begins at 7 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall and is free of charge. Doors open at 6 p.m. RSVPs are appreciated. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Lakeside Lecture Series webpage.