Studying the Monolith
While working at NASA in 2001, Austin was offered the chance to join a team in going through a portal created by the Monolith and learning to where it transported them. Austin eagerly volunteered alongside Will Daniels, Brubaker and Taylor. Once they arrived, they set up base and began work while waiting for NASA to figure out a way to bring them home.
Madness and Suicide
One day, the crew decided to explore while Will Daniels stayed behind and protected the camp. During this time, a huge sandstorm briefly swept the land. When they returned, each of the scientists began losing control of their sanity. Before long, Austin committed suicide by jumping off a cliff.
- Austin's name is a reference to astronaut Steve Austin, portrayed by Lee Majors in The Six Million Dollar Man.