Don Lind


Full Name: Don Leslie Lind
Born: May 18, 1930 in Midvale, Utah
Joined NASA: April 4, 1966
Left NASA: April 4, 1986
Space Flights: 1
Time in Space: 7 days, 8 minutes, 46 seconds


Apollo 11
Assignment: Capcom

Skylab 3
Assignment: Back-up Command Module Pilot

Skylab 4
Assignment: Back-up Command Module Pilot

April 29 – May 6, 1985
Assignment: Mission Specialist 1
Flight Duration: 7 days, 8 minutes, 46 seconds


B.Sc., Physics, University of Utah, 1953

Ph.D., High Energy Nuclear Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1964

Served in the US Naval Reserve earning his wings in 1957.

Prior to selection by NASA, worked as a Space Physicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Following the Skylab program, took a leave of abscence from NASA to perform post doctoral work at the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute(1974-75).

Returned to NASA as a member of the Operations-Missions Development Group at the Johnson Space Center developing payloads for the Space Shuttle Orbital Test Flight Missions.

19 years after his selection he entered space as a Mission Specialist aboard Challenger during STS-51B.

Retired on the 20th anniversary of his selection.

From 1986, Professor of Physics at Utah State University.


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