NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey, commander of the next space shuttle mission, is available for satellite interviews from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. EDT April 12, the 25th anniversary of the first shuttle flight.

To interview Lindsey, media should contact NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s newsroom, (281) 483-5111, by 4 p.m. EDT April 11. Lindsey’s interviews and b-roll of his training will be broadcast live on the NASA TV analog satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz. The b-roll will air from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. EDT.

Lindsey, a native of Temple City, Calif., is a veteran of three shuttle missions: STS-87, the fourth U.S. Microgravity Payload mission; STS-95, a research mission that included Mercury astronaut John Glenn; and STS-104, an assembly flight that delivered the Quest Airlock to the International Space Station.

Shuttle Discovery’s mission, designated STS-121, is targeted for launch no earlier than July 1. The flight will continue the evaluation of flight safety procedures, including shuttle inspection and repair techniques. Lindsey will fly with pilot Mark Kelly, spacewalkers Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers and mission specialists Stephanie Wilson and Lisa Nowak. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter is also part of the crew and will remain on the station for several months. For more information about the STS-121 mission and crew, visit: