Meet Shane Kimbrough, Crew-2 Commander | Summary and Q&A

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Meet Shane Kimbrough, Crew-2 Commander

TL;DR

Shane Kimbrough shares his excitement for flying helicopters and jets, and fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.

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Key Insights

  • πŸ₯° Shane Kimbrough's love for flying led him to become both a helicopter pilot and astronaut.
  • πŸ€” He fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, despite initially thinking it was impossible while attending Westpoint.
  • 🎟️ Kimbrough participated in the STS-126 mission, which involved outfitting the International Space Station, and later flew on the Soyuz spacecraft for a long-duration mission.
  • πŸͺ½ Flying helicopters provides unique views and challenges compared to flying jets.
  • ❓ The experience of landing is different between the Space Shuttle and the Soyuz spacecraft.
  • πŸ‘‹ Launch operations at Kennedy Space Center have evolved with a hybrid of best practices from shuttle and Soyuz missions.
  • 😀 Kimbrough is excited about launching from the US again and highlights the capabilities and teams at Kennedy Space Center.

Questions & Answers

Q: What inspired Shane Kimbrough to become an astronaut?

Shane Kimbrough was inspired by his grandfather, who would take him to see rocket launches in Florida when he was a child.

Q: What missions did Shane Kimbrough participate in?

Kimbrough flew on the STS-126 mission, which was a re-supply mission for the International Space Station, and later flew on the Soyuz spacecraft for a long-duration mission.

Q: How does flying helicopters compare to flying jets?

Kimbrough describes flying helicopters as a lot of fun and challenging, as they often fly low to the ground. Learning to fly jets at NASA has also been incredible for him.

Q: How does the experience of landing differ between the Space Shuttle and the Soyuz spacecraft?

Kimbrough explains that the Space Shuttle landing is smooth because it lands on a runway, while the Soyuz landing is more violent but has been a proven product for many years.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Shane Kimbrough expresses his love for flying helicopters and jets, highlighting the incredible views and challenging nature of helicopter flying.

  • He had always wanted to be an astronaut, inspired by his grandfather who would take him to see rocket launches in Florida.

  • Kimbrough flew on the STS-126 re-supply mission in 2008, helping outfit the International Space Station, and later flew on the Soyuz spacecraft for a long-duration mission.

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