Robert S. Kimbrough

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Shane Kimbrough
Nationality American
Status Active
Born (1967-06-04) June 4, 1967 (age 49)
Killeen, Texas
Other occupation
Army Aviator
Rank Colonel, Retired (United States), USA
Time in space
Currently in space
Selection 2004 NASA Group 19
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
12 hours and 52 minutes[1]
Missions STS-126, Soyuz MS-02 (Expedition 49/Expedition 50)
Mission insignia
STS-126 patch.svg Soyuz-MS-02-Mission-Patch.png

Robert S. Kimbrough (born June 4, 1967) is a retired 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. He is the current commander of the International Space Station.


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.

He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel.

NASA career[edit]

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.[1] He launched onboard Soyuz MS-02 to the International Space Station on October 19th 2016 as part of a four month mission for Expedition 49/50.[2]


  1. ^ a b William Harwood (November 24, 2008). "Spacewalk No. 4 ends". Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Future Expeditions". NASA. Retrieved 6 September 2016.  Update: Shane Kimbrough, along with 2 other Russian Cosmonauts, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 19th October 2016 at 4.05 AM EDT, on board a Soyuz MS-02, to the ISS as part of Expedition 49-50. This is Astronaut Shane Kimbrough's second spaceflight.

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