Francisco Rubio (astronaut)

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Francisco Carlos Rubio
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Francisco Carlos Rubio
Alma materUnited States Military Academy (B.S.)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (M.D.)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Previous occupation
Helicopter pilot
SelectionNASA Group 22

Francisco Carlos Rubio (born December 11, 1976; MAJ, USA) is a US Army helicopter pilot, flight surgeon, and NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Francisco Rubio was born on December 11, 1976, in Los Angeles, California to Myrna Argueta.[1][2] His family moved to Miami, Florida, where he attended Miami Sunset Senior High School. He attended the United States Military Academy, and earned a Bachelor's degree in international relations.[1][3]

Military career[edit]

After commissioning as a second lieutenant in the US Army, Rubio became a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. Rubio was a platoon leader in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, and a company commander for A Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment. As a pilot, Rubio had over 1,100 hours of flying time, including 600 combat hours during operations in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.[1]

Rubio received a Doctorate of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and completed a family medicine residency at Fort Benning. He served as a clinic supervisor and flight surgeon at Redstone Arsenal. At the time of his selection as an astronaut candidate, Rubio was the surgeon for 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Force Group at Fort Carson.[1]

NASA career[edit]

In 2017, Rubio was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began his two-year training.Its now 2019 we will see what happens.[1][4]

Personal life[edit]

Rubio and his wife, Deborah, have four children.[1][2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Rubio has received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, and has earned the Senior US Army Aviator, Pathfinder, Air Assault, and the Parachutist badges.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Frank Rubio". NASA. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Morales, Maria. "The Last Frontier". American Voices. Time Magazine. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Francisco Carlos "Frank" Rubio". Spacefacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 13, 2018.