Interview: Mark C. Lee

One of the coolest things we’ve been able to do at Lofty Ambitions is to talk with astronauts. Check out all the VIDEO INTERVIEWS by clicking on the menu bar at the top of the page.

Mark C. Lee (NASA)
Mark C. Lee (NASA)

This week, we feature four-time Shuttle astronaut Mark C. Lee. His first flight was STS-30 in 1989, only months before the Lofty Duo became a duo. He flew his next mission with his then-wife, N. Jan Davis, whom he had married secretly, only to let NASA know after they were both ready to fly STS-47. In 1994, he performed hours of spacewalking, including some untethered time, unattached to anything and surrounded by the void.

Lee’s proudest moments as an astronaut, however, came on STS-82. On that 1997 mission, he did more extra-vehicular activity (EVA) to add spectrometers and repair other instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope. Watch the video to hear Lee talk more about EVAs, flying untethered, virtual reality, what he might do over, and why he thinks it was right for Shuttle to end.

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