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Expanding Your Horizons

2016 Keynote Speaker

Dottie NASADottie Metcalf-Lindenburger

Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger is an astronaut now working and studying in Seattle. She was a mission specialist with NASA on the International Space Station and on the Space Shuttle on STS-131. She also has a passions for science education, especially Geology and entomology.

Dottie first became a high-school science teacher where a classroom question led her to the NASA website and their program for teachers to become astronauts. She was selected by NASA as a Mission Specialist and spent two years in intensive training.

After her space flight, she worked as a Cape Crusader for the final three shuttle missions. 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,
oneway communication delay and conducted educational and public live video appearances.