When did you know that you wanted to become an astronaut?
In Their Own Words: Kjell N. Lindgren
I have wanted to become an astronaut for as long as I can remember.
What was it that inspired this goal and what steps did you take to get there?
While science fiction, both film and the written word, was a definite influence, I have long been inspired by the brilliance and courage demonstrated by the pioneers of early human spaceflight. I am attracted to the thrill of exploration, the promise of discovery and I'm just plain excited about riding a rocket into space. While I longed to become an astronaut, I knew the odds were "astronomical." Nevertheless, I always tried to follow a career path and choose opportunities that were both enjoyable and somehow applicable to manned spaceflight.
What was your reaction to hearing that you were selected?
It was a little overwhelming! It was an honor just to be considered -- to get to participate in the selection process with amazing people from all over the country. And then getting that phone call, after the rigorous selection process and years of hard work pursuing this goal, it was joyous and humbling. I really enjoyed sharing the news with my family.
What are some of your hobbies, interests and special talents?
My favorite activity is spending time with my family. I also enjoy running/exercise, outdoor activities, SCUBA, amateur astronomy, reading, movies, working with computers and church activities.