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Meet the NEEMO 16 Crew
April 3, 2012

On June 11, NASA will return to the bottom of the sea to simulate deep-space exploration activities in the 16th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO). Read below to meet the NEEMO 16 crew.

Dorothy Metcalf-LindenburgerDorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger
NEEMO 16 Commander
NASA Astronaut

Personal Data: Born on May 2, 1975 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but considers Fort Collins, Colorado her hometown. Married Jason Metcalf-Lindenburger of Pendleton, Oregon, in 2000. They have one child. Her parents are Joyce and Keith Metcalf, who reside in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dorothy enjoys running (has completed 19 marathons including Boston in 2004), hiking, drawing, singing, and playing music.


  • Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • B.A., Geology, Whitman College, Washington, 1997 (graduated with honors in her major and cum laude).
  • Teaching Certification, Central Washington University, Washington, 1999.

Organziations: Phi Beta Kappa, Geological Society of America, National Science Teachers Association, International Technology Education Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Special Honors: 2004 VIP for the Vancouver School District, 1999 Outstanding Teacher Preparation Candidate at Central Washington University, 1996 GSA Field Camp Award, Whitman College Awards: Leed's Geology Award and Order of the Waiilaptu, 1995-1996 NAIA Academic All-American in Cross Country and Track, 1996 NAIA Conference Champion in the 10K.

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Experience: Five years of teaching earth science and astronomy at Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington. Three years of coaching cross-country at the high school level, and two years of coaching Science Olympiad. Undergraduate research with the KECK Consortium for two summers: 1995 in Wyoming mapping the last glaciations of Russell Creek, and 1996 mapping and determining the petrology of the rocks in the Wet Mountain region of Colorado. Both research positions led to publications.

NASA Experience: Selected by NASA as a Mission Specialist in May 2004. In February 2006 she completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified her for technical assignments within the Astronaut Office and future flight assignment. Dottie served as the Astronaut Office Station Branch lead for systems and crew interfaces. In 2010 she was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-131 and has logged over 362 hours in space.

Spaceflight Experience: STS-131 Discovery (April 5-20, 2010), a resupply mission to the International Space Station, was launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center. On arrival at the station, Discovery's crew dropped off more than 27,000 pounds of hardware, supplies and equipment, including a tank full of ammonia coolant that required three spacewalks to hook it up, new crew sleeping quarters, and three experiment racks. On the return journey the MPLM (Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module) inside Discovery's payload bay was packed with over 6,000 pounds of hardware, science results, and trash. The STS-131 mission was accomplished in 15 days, 02 hours, 47 minutes,10 seconds, and traveled 6,232,235 statute miles in 238 orbits.

Timothy PeakeTimothy Peake
European Space Agency Astronaut

Personal data: Born in Chichester, the United Kingdom, on 7 April 1972. Married with one son. Skiing, scuba diving, and cross country running are among his leisure activities. He also enjoys reading.

Education: Peake completed his secondary education at Chichester High School for Boys in 1990. In 1992, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an officer in the British Army Air Corps. In 2005, he graduated from the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) in Boscombe Down, where he was awarded the Westland Trophy. He received a Bachelor of Science in flight dynamics and evaluation from the University of Portsmouth in 2006.

Special Honors: Peake was awarded a Certificate for Meritorious Service for exemplary and dedicated service to the British Army in 2006.

Organizations: Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

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Experience: Upon becoming an Army Air Corps officer in 1992, Peake served on attachment with the Royal Green Jackets as a Platoon Commander in Northern Ireland, prior to commencing flying training. He was awarded his Army Flying Wings in 1994. Between 1994 and 1998 he served as a reconnaissance pilot and flight commander in Germany, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Kenya and Canada. He also qualified as a Combat Survival and Rescue Instructor and a Flight Safety Officer.

Peake qualified as a helicopter flying instructor in 1998 prior to being selected for an exchange posting with the US Army, flying Apache helicopters at Fort Hood, Texas.(1999-2002). On his return to the UK, Peake was employed as an Apache helicopter instructor from 2002 to 2005, during which time he was instrumental in introducing the Apache into service with the British Army. On completion of test pilot training, Peake served with Rotary Wing Test Squadron, Boscombe Down, between 2006 and 2009. He was the senior Apache test pilot in addition to test pilot for Special Forces aircraft projects. He was also the Squadron Training Officer and qualified as a Post Crash Management Incident Officer.

On retirement from the British Army in 2009, Peake was employed as a helicopter test pilot for AgustaWestland, flying Apache, Lynx, EH101 and A109 aircraft. He has logged over 3000 hours flying time on more than 30 types of helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, including the Hawk, Dakota, Harvard and Mi-17. Peake was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. He joined ESA in September 2009 and successfully completed Astronaut Basic Training in November 2010. Among other duties, he is currently training for Eurocom certification, which will allow him to be responsible for the communication between the astronauts in orbit and the ground during spaceflights.

Peake was appointed as an ambassador for UK Science and space-based careers in 2009 and is involved in working with the UK Space Agency in developing the UK's microgravity research programme. He is currently based at ESA's European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

JAXA Astronaut

Personal Data: Born in 1970, in Nagano, Japan. Married and has three children (a daughter and two sons). Enjoys golf, tennis and reading books.

Education: Graduated from the Nozawa-kita High School, Nagano, in 1988; received a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the National Defense Academy in 1992; graduated Test Pilot Course (Japan) in 2003; graduated Command and Staff Course in Air Staff College (Japan) in 2004; graduated Joint Combined Warfighting School in Joint Forces Staff College (U.S. ) in 2006.

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Experience: Entered the National Defense Academy in April 1988; appointed an Officer Candidate in 1992; promoted Second Lieutenant in 1993, and entered flight training courses (T-3, T-1, T-2 in Japan and T-38, AT-38 in U.S. Air Force); transferred to the 204th Squadron (F-15) in 1996; transferred to the National Defense Academy as training and guidance officer in 2000; transferred to the Air Development and Test Wing in 2002 (Test Pilot Course); entered Air Staff College in 2003; returned to Air Development and Test Wing in 2004, and worked as a chief test pilot of F-15 in 2006; transferred to Bilateral Operations Section in Joint Staff in 2006; transferred to Defense Plans and Program Division, Air Staff Office in 2008. Yui was selected as an Astronaut Candidate by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in February 2009; retired from the Japan Air Self Defense Force as Lieutenant Colonel in March and joined JAXA in April 2009. Yui has logged approximately 2,000 hours in a variety of aircraft.

NASA Experience: Yui was selected in July 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He recently graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Currently, he is assigned to the Robotics Branch.

Steven SquyersSteven W. Squyres, Ph.D., Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University
Chair, NASA Advisory Council

Returning Aquanaut

Education: Ph.D. 1981 (Planetary Science) Cornell University

Professor Squyres' research focuses on the robotic exploration of planetary surfaces, the history of water on Mars, geophysics and tectonics of icy satellites, tectonics of Venus, planetary gamma-ray and x-ray spectroscopy. Research for which he is best known includes study of the history and distribution of water on Mars and of the possible existence and habitability of a liquid water ocean on Europa.

Research Projects: Mars Science Laboratory APXS, Mars Science Laboratory SAM, Mars Science Laboratory DAN, Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Investigation for the 2001 Mars Surveyor Mission, Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) Investigation, MER: Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Investigation for the Mars Odyssey Mission, Participation in the HIRISE Mission, Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, Mars Exploration Rover Pancam Investigation, Mineralogy and Weathering History of the Martian Surface

Planetary Spaceflight Mission Experience: Dr. Squyres has participated in a number of planetary spaceflight missions. From 1978 to 1981 he was an associate of the Voyager imaging science team, participating in analysis of imaging data from the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. He was a radar investigator on the Magellan mission to Venus, a member of the Mars Observer gamma-ray spectrometer flight investigation team, and a co-investigator on the Russian Mars `96 mission. Dr. Squyres is currently the scientific Principal Investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Project. He is also a co-investigator on the Mars Express mission, and on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment. He is a member of the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Flight Investigation Team for the Mars Odyssey mission, and a member of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn.

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