Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
He has logged more than 4,500 hours flying time, including 3,500 hours in jet aircraft.
Springer was responsible for astronaut office coordination of Design Requirements Reviews (DRR) and Design Certification Reviews (DCR). These review efforts encompassed the total recertification and reverification of the NSTS prior to STS-26 return to flight status.
Springer was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-29, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, aboard the Orbiter Discovery, on March 13, 1989. During 80 orbits of the earth on this highly successful five- day mission, the crew deployed a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite and performed numerous secondary experiments, including a Space Station "heat pipe" radiator experiment, two student experiments, a protein crystal growth experiment, and a chromosome and plant cell division experiment. In addition, the crew took over 4,000 photographs of the earth using several types of cameras, including the IMAX 70 mm movie camera. Mission duration was 119 hours and concluded with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on March 18, 1989.
More recently Springer served as a mission specialist on STS-38. The five-man crew launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 15, 1990. During the five day mission crewmembers conducted Department of Defense operations. After 80 orbits of the earth, in the first Shuttle recovery in Florida since 1985, Space Shuttle Atlantis and her crew landed back at the Kennedy Space Center on November 20, 1990. With the completion of his second mission, Springer has logged over 237 hours in space.
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