Don L. Lind

Born May 18, 1930, in Midvale, Utah
BS in physics from University of Utah
Doctorate of philosophy in high energy nuclear physics
from University of California at Berkeley

About the Man

Before his selection as an astronaut, Dr. Don Lind worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a space physicist. He was with Goddard since 1964, involved in experiments to determine the nature and properties of low-energy particles within the Earth's magnetosphere and interplanetary space.

Previously, Dr. Lind worked at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Berkeley, California, doing research in pion-nucleon scattering, a type of basic high energy particle interaction.

Dr. Lind holds the rank of Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served four years on active duty with the Navy at San Diego and later aboard the carrier USS HANCOCK. He received his wings in 1957. Dr. Don LInd logged more than 4,500 hours flying time -- 4,000 hours in jet aircraft. NASA selected him as an astronaut in April of 1966.

About the Spaceflight


April 29 to May 6, 1985

The primary payload was Spacelab-3. This was the first operational flight for the Spacelab orbital laboratory series developed by the European Space Agency. Spacelab includes five basic discipline areas: materials sciences, life sciences, fluid mechanics, atmospheric physics, and astronomy.

The main mission objective with Spacelab-3 was to provide a high quality microgravity environment for delicate materials processing and fluid experiments. Two monkeys and 24 rodents were observed for the effects of weightlessness. Of the 15 Spacelab primary experiments conducted, 14 were considered successful. Two Get Away Specials were on board.

The orbiter made its first crosswind landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California and returned to Kennedy Space Center on May 11, 1985.

The flight of STS-51-B lasted for Seven days zero hours, eight minutes, and 46 seconds, after traveling a distance of 2,890,383 miles in 111 orbits.

Dr. Lindlogged over 168 hours in space, and left NASA in 1986.

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