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Meeting with Mission Specialist from Space Shuttle Crew Mission STS-131(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) met with Mission Specialist Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger of Space Shuttle Crew Mission STS-131 Discovery. Metcalf-Lindenburger is from Vancouver, Washington.

Metcalf-Lindenburger is a former earth science and astronomy teacher at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, and was selected by NASA as a mission specialist in May 2004. She has logged 362 hours in space, most recently as a mission specialist on Mission STS-131 Discovery; a resupply mission to the International Space Station.     

The Mission STS-131 Discovery launched on April 5th, 2010 from the Kennedy Space Center and returned to Earth on April 20th, 2010. Upon arrival at the station, more than 27,000 pounds of hardware, supplies, and equipment were dropped off by Discovery’s crew. These included a tank full of ammonia, a coolant that required three spacewalks to hook up, new crew sleeping quarters, and three experiment racks.