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
31 hours and 56 minutes
Missions STS-126, Soyuz MS-02 (Expedition 49/Expedition 50)
Mission insignia
STS-126 patch.svg Soyuz-MS-02-Mission-Patch.png

Robert Shane Kimbrough (born June 4, 1967) is an engineer, 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 June 4, 1967, in Killeen, Texas, Kimbrough attended The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1985. 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 M.S. 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]


Main article: STS-126
STS-126 and Expedition 18 group photo.

Kimbrough was a Mission Specialist on STS-126, which launched on November 14, 2008. During the mission Kimbrough performed two EVAs. On the tenth anniversary of the International Space Station, Stefanyshyn-Piper and Kimbrough successfully conducted the mission's second EVA, and Kimbrough's first, which lasted 6 hours, 45 minutes.[1] Kimbrough's second EVA was performed on November 24, 2008, and lasted 6 hours and 7 minutes. At the completion of the mission, Kimbrough's cumulative spacewalk time, was 12 hours, 52 minutes.[2]

Expedition 49/50[edit]

Kimbrough launched onboard Soyuz MS-02 to the International Space Station on October 19, 2016 as part of a four-month mission for Expedition 49/50.[3] Kimbrough became commander of Expedition 50 upon the departure of Soyuz MS-01 on October 28.[4]

On January 6, 2017, Kimbrough performed his third EVA, along with Peggy Whitson. During the EVA, they installed three new adapter plates and hooked up electrical connectors preparing the way to replace the ISS batteries. The EVA lasted 6 hours and 32 minutes.[5]

Kimbrough performed his Fourth EVA with astronaut Thomas Pesquet on January 13, 2017. During the EVA, they prepared the infrastructure to replace the ISS batteries. The EVA lasted for 5 hours and 58 minutes.[6]


  1. ^ William Harwood for CBS News (2008). "Spacewalk No. 2 ends". Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  2. ^ William Harwood (November 24, 2008). "Spacewalk No. 4 ends". Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Future Expeditions". NASA. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "'Golden' expedition: 50th commander takes charge of space station". 28 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Whitson Becomes World's Oldest Female Spacewalker, as EVA-38 Replaces Aging Space Station Batteries". January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Second Spacewalk of 2017 Successfully Complete". NASA. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 

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Preceded by
Anatoli Ivanishin
ISS Expedition Commander
currently commander
Succeeded by
Peggy Whitson