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Lindsey Leaves NASA

Steve Lindsey, a five-time shuttle veteran has left NASA. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

Astronaut Steve Lindsey, a five-time shuttle veteran with more than 1500 hours in space is leaving NASA effective Friday, July 15. Lindsey is a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force; he is leaving NASA to work in the aerospace industry. Lindsey has been a central figure within the corps, serving as head of the astronaut office from September 2006 until October of 2009. 

In this capacity Lindsey was directly responsible selecting and training astronauts as well as crew operations in relation to both the shuttle and station programs. Lindsey also was in charge of spacecraft development. The current head of the astronaut office, Peggy Whitson, addressed Lindsey’s accomplishments in a press release announcing his departure from the space agency. 

“Steve’s a consummate leader and has been a great role model within the corps,” Whitson said. “His calm demeanor and steady presence has been invaluable to not only his shuttle mission crews but also our office as a whole. I know he will be a great asset to the next team privileged to work with him.” 

Lindsey commanded the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery, STS-133, which launched in February of 2011.  He also led the STS-121 mission in 2006, as well as STS-104 in 2001. Lindsey served as the pilot on STS-95 and STS-87. 

Lindsey’s departure is the latest of what has been a steady stream of astronauts to leave the space agency. Mark Kelly, Marsha Ivins, Dom Gorie, Jose Hernandez and numerous others have either already left NASA or have announced their intentions to do so.

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Written by Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian gained Bachelor’s Degrees in journalism and public relations from the University of South Florida and spent countless hours volunteering with NASA and other space groups to gain experience. He has interned with NASA twice. Once at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) press site in 2007 and with NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) in 2009.

Jason has worked with a number of space-related groups and events - including Google Lunar X-PRIZE team Omega Envoy, the 2009 International Space Development Conference and NASA's KSC press site. Jason has covered over 30 launches. His work has been published in Aviation Week & Space Technology, The Spaceport News and online with MSNBC.com, Space.com, SpaceRef.com, Spacevidcast.com, Universe Today and other websites.

Whereas some journalists are comfortable repurposing a press release and using imagery provided to them by the public relations arm of that organization – Jason has made a habit of getting behind the pre-approved announcements to cover the events first hand. He covered President Obama’s remarks live from Kennedy Space Center in April 2010. Jason also flew out to Utah to cover the test fire of Alliant Techsystems second test of the company’s Development Motor-2 (DM-2). More recently, he sat in the backseat of history, flying on NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft with STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson as he trained for the last mission of the space shuttle era during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).

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