Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

Cockrell

Kenneth Dale "Taco"

USA

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Personal data

Birthdate:  09.04.1950
Birthplace:  Austin / Texas
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  17.01.1990
Selection group:  NASA-13
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. ??.02.2006

Spaceflights

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-56  MSP  08.04. - 17.04.1993 9d 06h 08m 
2  STS-69  PLT  07.09. - 18.09.1995 10d 20h 28m 
3  STS-80  CDR  19.11. - 07.12.1996 17d 17h 53m 
4  STS-98  CDR  07.02. - 20.02.2001 12d 21h 21m 
5  STS-111  CDR  05.06. - 19.06.2002 13d 20h 35m 
6        
7        
Total  64d 12h 25m 
   

Additional information

Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from University of Texas, 1968; master of science in aeronautical systems from University of West Florida, 1974; aerospace engineer and test pilot (USN test pilot school class 75); unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut groups 9, 11 and 12; October 1997 - August 1998: Chief of Astronaut Office; currently Assistant Director for Aircraft Operations, Flight Crew Operations Directorate, Johnson Space Center; recreational interests include: Sport flying, snow and water skiing, tennis.

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