NASA News: NASA Astronaut Steve Lindsey Leaves The Agency

HOUSTON -- NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey announced he will leave the
agency to pursue a career within the aerospace industry. His last day
with NASA will be Friday, July 15.

Lindsey, a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is a veteran of five
space shuttle missions. He also served as chief of the NASA Astronaut
Office from September 2006 to October 2009.

"Steve's a consummate leader and has been a great role model within
the corps," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office. "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."

As chief of the Astronaut Office, Lindsey was responsible for
spacecraft development; crew selection and training; flight test and
crew operations in support of the Space Shuttle and the International
Space Station Programs.

Lindsey commanded the STS-133 flight in February 2011, STS-121 in 2006
and STS-104 in 2001. He served as the pilot on STS-95 in 1998 and
STS-87 in 1997. He joined NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1994.
Lindsey logged more than 1500 hours in space.

For Lindsey's complete biography, visit:



NASA Announces Winners Of Space Flight Awareness Award

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program recognized 143
civil servants and contractors for their outstanding support of human
spaceflight. The awardees work at NASA facilities across the country
and represent 15 states.

The winners traveled to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to tour
the center and participate in activities around the scheduled launch
of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-135 mission to the International
Space Station, the final mission of the shuttle program.

The Space Flight Awareness Program Honoree Award is one of the highest
honors presented to NASA employees for their dedication to quality
work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their
normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human
spaceflight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been
instrumental in developing material that increases reliability,
efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or
been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.

To read more about the program, see a list of winners and download
pictures as they become available, visit:


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