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Written by Matt Davis on April 15, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

An astronaut paid a visit to the Tellus Museum in Cartersville yesterday!  Shane Kimbrough has flown in a space shuttle, walked in space and lived at the International Space Station.  He discussed his experiences in space at Tellus as part of the museum’s Lunch ‘N Learn lecture series. 

Kimbrough joined the NASA team at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas back in 2000 and completed his first spaceflight in 2008 aboard the STS-126 Endeavour.  He currently serves as the Robotics Branch Chief for the Astronaut Office. 

Kimbrough fielded questions from the media prior to his lecture.  He said that though the shuttle program has ended, the folks at NASA stay busy these days and are still sending Americans into space.  He indicated that many astronauts are being sent to space via the Russian spacecraft, Soyuz.  He adds that much is being done by NASA to develop commercial spaceflight, something that he enthuses “definitely” interests him.  NASA is also working on a new spacecraft called Orion that will send astronauts into deep space. 

Kimbrough also answered questions from winners of a social media contest hosted by the Tellus Museum prior to his lecture. 

Kimbrough is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his graduate degree right here in Georgia, at Georgia Tech.


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