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Colorado Astronaut and Former Teacher to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission Available for Media Interviews

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

image Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, who was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., but considers Fort Collins, Colo. her hometown, will make her first journey into orbit on space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station. Metcalf-Lindenburger, a former teacher, is a mission specialist who was selected by NASA in 2004. The STS-131 flight is targeted to launch April 5 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Metcalf-Lindenburger is available for interviews about the upcoming mission until Tuesday, March 9.

The 13-day flight will deliver supplies, a new crew sleeping quarters and science racks that will be transferred to the station's laboratories. Discovery's flight is one of only four remaining shuttle missions planned before the fleet is retired. The last space shuttle is currently targeted to launch in September 2010.

To cover the STS-131 launch on-site, reporters must request credentials for Kennedy by March 24. Media representatives should submit requests online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov/

Reporters interested in interviews with Metcalf-Lindenburger should contact Gayle Frere at 281-483-8645 by March 3 to reserve an opportunity.

For Metcalf-Lindenburger's complete biography, visit: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/metcalf-lindenburger-dm.html

For the latest information about the STS-131 mission and crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

For the current schedule of remaining shuttle flights, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/stationflights

The public can learn how to view a shuttle launch or landing in Florida at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/about/view

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