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Georgia Astronauts to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
October 8, 2008
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Georgia Astronauts to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

Astronauts Eric Boe and Shane Kimbrough, who both grew up in Atlanta, will make their first journey into orbit on space shuttle Endeavour’s mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour is targeted to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 14, at 7:55 p.m. EST.

To cover the launch at Kennedy, U.S. reporters must request credentials by Nov. 3, and foreign reporters must do so by Oct. 20. Media should submit requests online at:

To request an interview with Boe or Kimbrough, news media should contact the Johnson Space Center newsroom in Houston at 281-483-5111 by Nov. 3.

Boe will serve as the Endeavour’s pilot, and Kimbrough will conduct two spacewalks on the shuttle mission designated STS-126. The shuttle will deliver equipment and supplies necessary to double the station crew size from three to six in May 2009. During the 15-day flight, astronauts will service the station’s two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints. The starboard joint has been in limited use since September 2007.

Boe graduated from Henderson High School in Chamblee, Ga. He received his bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1987, and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997.

Kimbrough graduated from The Lovett School of Atlanta and received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., in 1989, and a master’s degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998.

For Boe’s complete biography, visit:

For Kimbrough’s complete biography, visit:

For the latest information about the STS-126 mission and crew, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.