Commander Steve Lindsey
Steve Lindsey is assigned to command the crew of STS-121. Lindsey was born August 24, 1960, and considers Temple City, California, to be his hometown. He is married with three children. Lindsey enjoys reading, skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, camping, mountain biking, and dirt biking. Steven attended Temple City High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982. Then he received his Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1990.
Steven was selected by NASA in March 1995, and he became an astronaut in May 1996. As a veteran of three space flights, Lindsey has logged over 896 hours in space. He flew as a pilot on STS-87 in 1997 and STS-95 in 1998, and was mission commander on STS-104 in 2001. STS-87 was the fourth U.S. Microgravity Payload flight and focused on experiments designed to study how the weightless environment of space affects various physical processes, and on observations of the Sun’s outer atmospheric layers. STS-95 was a nine-day mission during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including deployment and retrieval of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform and investigations on space flight and the aging process. STS-104 was the 10th mission to the International Space Station during which the crew conducted joint operations with the Expedition-2 crew and performed three spacewalks to install the ISS joint airlock Quest and to outfit it with four high-pressure gas tanks.
When asked in a 2006 interview, “What’s your role in this team?” for STS-121, Lindsey replied,
My role in the spacewalks is in some ways similar to my role in the whole mission. I mean, as commander, my job is to enable my crew to do their job, and that’s the way I see my role. I’m in a supervisory capacity, or I try to stay in a supervisory/“big picture” capacity as much as possible, not to interfere with them, not to micromanage them, but just enable them to do their jobs, make sure they have all the tools to do their jobs. So during the spacewalks, primarily, I will have additional duties like, water transfers as we transfer a lot of water from the shuttle to the space station, which they use to generate oxygen as well as drinking water; and also my other, probably, big duty on all the spacewalks, to do all the robotics that we have to do, both on the shuttle arm and the space station arm, take a lot of camera views from both space station and shuttle. And I’m the primary camera guy during the spacewalks, making sure that the shuttle views that the folks working on the space station arm have are set up and shipped over to them; space station views that need to be shipped over to shuttle are done; so I do a lot of that work. But primarily what I try to do is keep the “big picture” in terms of what’s going on, on the space station arm, as well as our spacewalking team, which is, you know, our two spacewalkers plus our crewmember that’s inside, my pilot, Mark Kelly, who’s kind of directing the spacewalk from inside. And I try to keep the “big picture” to watch out for problems that might be coming up, looking at timelines, looking at changes we may need to make based on how things are going in the spacewalk, “big picture”-wise, to get our objectives accomplished.
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