Don L. Lind, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Don L. Lind

American astronaut

Date of Birth: 18-May-1930

Place of Birth: Midvale, Utah, United States

Profession: astronaut, priest, physicist, military officer, cleric

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Don L. Lind

  • Don Leslie Lind (born May 18, 1930), (Cmdr, USNR, Ret.), is an American scientist and a former naval officer and aviator, and NASA astronaut.
  • He graduated from the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in physics in 1953.
  • Following his military service obligation, he earned a Ph.D.
  • in high-energy nuclear physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964. Lind was a Naval Aviator and attained the rank of Commander in the United States Naval Reserve.
  • After completing his doctorate, Lind worked at NASA's Goddard Research Center from 1964 to 1966.
  • Selected with Astronaut Group 5 in 1966, he helped to develop the Apollo 11 EVA activities, and served as CAPCOM for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions.
  • Lind was then assigned as backup Pilot for Skylab 3 and Skylab 4 and nearly flew on the proposed Skylab Rescue mission. Lind was the Payload Commander on his only flight, STS-51-B, launched April 29, 1985.
  • He designed an experiment to capture the Earth's aurora.
  • The payload experiments consisted primarily of microgravity research and atmospheric measurement.
  • The Orbiter Challenger completed 110 orbits before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

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