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Robert S. Kimbrough : biography

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Robert Shane Kimbrough (born June 4, 1967) is a United States Army officer and a NASA astronaut. He was part of the first group of candidates selected for NASA astronaut training following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.


Born in Killeen, Texas, Kimbrough attended The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. Kimbrough graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989 with a B.S. in aerospace engineering, and served as an Apache helicopter pilot in the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Kimbrough later attended and graduated from Georgia Tech with a master’s degree in Operations Research in 1998. He helped NASA train astronauts on landing procedures for several years before he himself was selected for training.

Since January 2006, he has held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

NASA career

Kimbrough was a Mission Specialist on STS-126, which launched on November 14, 2008. During the mission, Kimbrough participated in two spacewalks, for a total time of 12 hours, 52 minutes in EVA.

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