Since Commander Kenneth Cockrell was born an Austinite and came back to attend UT (BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1972), we are claiming him as our own. He's been at NASA in a variety of engineering, research, and administrative positions since 1987, and became an astronaut proper in 1991. His flight time has included five space shuttle missions since 1995, including the latest, this past June (STS-111 Endeavour, June 5-19, 2002) to deliver a new resident crew and mobile base unit to the International Space Station. The second part of the mission was to return the Expedition-Four crew from their six-and-a-half-month stay in space. How cool is that? The stars at night are just a bit bigger and brighter when this Texan takes to the sky.
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