Stennis Space Center Director and Minnesota native Bob Cabana was honored at the Minnesota Twins baseball game during a return visit to his hometown on Aug. 11.
Cabana had the honor of throwing out the first pitch when the Twins hosted the New York Yankees at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. He also signed autographs for fans during the first inning.
Cabana was born in Minneapolis, where his parents still reside, and graduated from Washburn High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy and later became a naval test pilot.
In 1985, Cabana was selected by NASA to become an astronaut. A veteran of four space flights, he logged more than 910 hours in space. He served as pilot on the STS-41 and STS-53 space shuttle missions. He commanded STS-65 and STS-88, which was the first International Space Station assembly mission. Earlier this year, Cabana was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Cabana became the director of Stennis Space Center in October 2007.
Cabana is one of a team of astronauts returning to their home regions as part of NASA's Hometown Heroes 2008 campaign to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the space station in orbit and NASA's 50th anniversary as an agency.
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