ROBERT SHANE KIMBROUGH
Astronaut & Pilot, 50th Commander ISS, 189 Days in Space, 6 Space Walks, lives in Houston TX US
Keynote August 27th – Speaker...
Kimbrough was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 2004. In February 2006, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified him for various technical assignments within the Astronaut Office and future flight assignment as a Mission Specialist. Kimbrough completed his first spaceflight in 2008, logging a total of 15 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds in space and 12 hours and 52 minutes in two spacewalks. Kimbrough served as the Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office (VITO) from June 2013 to June 2014 in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate as well as serving as the Robotics Branch Chief for the Astronaut Office.
STS-126 Endeavour (November 14 to November 30, 2008) launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It was NASA’s 4th shuttle flight in 2008 and the 27th shuttle/station assembly mission. Highlights of the almost 16-day mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house six-member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchen, two bedrooms, an exercise machine and a water recycling system. During the mission, Kimbrough performed two spacewalks, logging a total of 12 hours and 52 minutes. STS-126 also delivered a new resident to the station, replacing Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17/18, with Sandy Magnus, Expedition 18. STS-126 returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in over 6 million miles.
Kimbrough launched on October 19, 2016, as part of Expedition 49/50. He became the Commander of the International Space Station a week after he reached the ISS and remained so until he departed almost 6 months later. During Expedition 50, Kimbrough performed 4 spacewalks, logging over 26 hours. He now has a total of 6 spacewalks and over 39 hours outside the orbiting laboratory. Expedition 50 also experienced the arrival of 5 visiting vehicle spacecraft, which delivered thousands of pounds of experiments, supplies, and hardware to the ISS. Kimbrough and his 2 Russian cosmonaut crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko returned to Earth on the steppes of Kazakhstan on April 10th, 2017 to conclude their 173-day mission.
Kimbrough now has a total of 189 days in space.
AWARDS / HONORS
Captain of the West Point baseball team; First Team All-Conference Pitcher; Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Army flight school; two Meritorious Service Medals; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal; Saudi Arabian Kuwaiti Liberation Medal; Valorous Unit Award; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
Army Aviation Association of America; United States Military Academy Association of Graduates; Army Athletic Association; West Point Society of Greater Houston; Association of the United States Army.