Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of April 19, 2010

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger

Educator Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger is one of NASA’s new Educator Astronauts.  A native of Fort Collins, Colorado, Dottie took an unusual path to space.  As a child, Dottie was always fascinated with astronomy and space exploration.  When she narrowly lost a contest to win a free trip to Space Camp, her parents saved up enough money for her to go.  It turned out to be an excellent investment, not only in their daughter’s future but also in the many students Dottie has inspired.  Dottie pursued her love of science at Whitman College, where she majored in geology. She began teaching earth science and astronomy at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington, in 1999, and in her five years there as a science teacher, she won awards for achievement.  In 2003, one of her students asked a question that would change her life.  The student curiously asked “how do astronauts use the bathroom in space?”  When Dottie went online to research the answer for her student, she discovered on NASA’s website a recruitment call for teachers to join the space program.  Over 8,000 teachers applied, and Dottie was one of three who made it.  As an Educator Astronaut, Dottie works with NASA’s Education program, helping to develop new ways to bring space and STEM subjects into the classroom and inspiring girls and boys alike to follow in her footsteps by studying science.  On April 5, Dottie and the rest of the crew of Discovery’s STS-131 mission lifted off from Cape Canaveral for a two-week trip to the International Space Station.

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger HERE

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