Col. Steven Lindsey Available for Interviews Before Columbia Anniversary

Lindsey will be the guest speaker at two events on the 15th anniversary of the Space Shuttle’s explosion.

WHAT: Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library will host a news conference with retired NASA astronaut Col. Steven Lindsey.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 31)

WHERE: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, 15th Street and Detroit Avenue on the Texas Tech campus


Col. Steven Lindsey

DETAILS: Lindsey is a veteran of five space flights in which he logged more than 1,500 hours. He served as the pilot on STS-87 in 1997 and STS-95 in 1998, and was the mission commander on STS-104 in 2001, STS-121 in 2006 and STS-133 in 2011. Before retiring from NASA in 2011, he served as Chief of the Astronaut Corps. He is now the senior director and co-program manager of Space Exploration Systems for the Sierra Nevada Corporation.

He will speak at two local events on Thursday (Feb. 1), which is the 15th anniversary of the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia. At noon is the Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc.’s annual scholarship luncheon, and at 5 p.m. is the grand opening ceremony for a special exhibit at the Silent Wings Museum, “Columbia: Fifteen Years After.” The exhibit is a collaboration between the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, the Silent Wings Museum and the Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc.

CONTACT: Monte Monroe, archivist, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-3063 or

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Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

The Board of Regents of then-Texas Technological College formally established the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in 1955, but the librarys collection dates to the early years of Texas Tech.

The largest rare-book library in 130,000 square miles, the major historical repository and research center spans a 78,000-square-foot facility with climate-controlled stacks and pulls tens of thousands of individual items to answer research requests from all over the world. In total, the SWC/SCL houses 22 million historical items, including the master Coronelli globe, constructed in 1688 and once owned by William Randolph Hearst.

The SWC/SCL offers:

  • more than 1,600 manuscript collections
  • 80,000 volumes related to the region
  • 4,000 oral history interviews
  • nearly one million accessible photographs
  • 1,500 newspaper and periodical titles
  • 8,000 reels of microfilm and videotape