What’s Going Up in Space with Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger?

by Sherry Stocking Kline
07 April 2010

I had no idea that so much ‘stuff’ went up into space with the astronauts, but I can see what kind of impact it can have on the students of a school!  What a great idea!

You can read the story here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/whatsgoingup131.html and then check out the podcast here.

The news just said that the Discovery was able to dock with the Space Station, though they had some problems with an antenna, and would be having their first space walk soon.

Dottie told me in an e-mail on Facebook that she would not be walking, but would be directing the robotic arm that would be moving 18,000 pounds of equipment.  That’s a pretty big load!  (I’m used to thinking in terms of a wheat truck load,  and this is many times that!)

Here is some of the NASA info on the mission:

Mission: STS-131
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Primary Payload: Leonardo multi-purpose logistics module
Launch Date: April 5, 2010
Launch Time: 6:21 a.m. EDT
Launch Pad: 39A
Landing: April 18, 2010
Landing Time: 8:29 a.m. EDT
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Mission Duration: 13 days
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

You can read today’s Space Shuttle news here.

Our whole family is very proud of Dottie, and we appreciate your interest and your prayers for her safety!

Other Related Posts:

Follow the Astronauts on Facebook

April 5th ABC News Launch Video

Astronaut Cousin Makes History Today!

2 Responses to “What’s Going Up in Space with Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger?”

  • Paige Olney:

    Hi,

    My name is Paige Olney, and I work at JohnsonRauhoff – the company who does the marketing campaigns as well as the website for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. I am very interested in the opportunity to feature Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger on the Rainbow site as a famous Rainbow Girl, under a section that we call “Famous Faces.” (You can visit the website at http://www.gorainbow.org)

    In order to do this, I will need to briefly interview her and receive appropriate approval to post her information. Would it be possible for you to provide me with a phone number and/or email address for her?

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email. Also, my phone number is 269.428.3377.

    Thank you,

    Paige Olney

    • Hi Paige,

      It is very nice that you ask, and as we speak, Dottie is still in space, and will be for about 10 more days. I can’t give out her personal info, but can promise to e-mail her with your request, and let her get back with you personally.

      I know that many of her family will be gathering to visit with her when she returns, and I’m sure she will have thousands of similar requests to go through when she arrives back on earth. I think they stay in quarantine for a few days after they get home, too, but I could be wrong about that. So it might be as much as two weeks or more from now before you hear back from her especially if they are quarantined.

      Thank you for asking,
      Sherry Kline

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