Kenneth D. Cockrell

B.S. M.E., 1972
Astronaut, NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; Houston

As a naval aviator, pilot, and astronaut, Mr. Kenneth D. Cockrell has logged over 8,000 flight hours, over 1,200 of those hours in space. A native Texan, Mr. Cockrell earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University in 1972. He then entered the University of Florida and received an M.S. in aeronautical systems in 1974.

Mr. Cockrell’s long career in the U.S. Naval Reserve began in 1972. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, where he was commissioned, and later designated a naval aviator. In 1978, he entered the U.S. Test Pilot School in Maryland. Upon graduation a year later, he remained at the Naval Air Test Center conducting flight tests on a variety of aircraft until 1982, when he reported to the Naval Station in San Diego to become a staff officer and pilot. Mr. Cockrell resigned his commission in 1987 and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1999.

His career with NASA began in 1987, first as an aerospace engineer and a research pilot. He became an astronaut in 1991, taking on a wide-range of technical assignments responsible for everything from testing craft safety and operations, to preparing procedural manuals carried upon Shuttle flights.

A veteran of four space flights, he is in the post-flight de-briefing period for the most recent one, STS-98. This flight on Atlantis carried the U.S. Laboratory module 'Destiny' to orbit and attached it to the International Space Station 'Alpha'.

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