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Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana Available for Interviews

Robert Cabana, director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and veteran space shuttle astronaut, will be available for interviews from 6-8 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 20.

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the first module of the International Space Station’s launch into orbit on Nov. 20, 1998. Cabana served as commander of space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-88 mission in December 1998 — the first assembly mission of the space station. Cabana’s mission brought the American Unity module into orbit and connected it to the Russian Zarya module, marking the beginning of an international partnership that has since grown to include space agencies from 15 nations.

To participate in the live satellite interviews, reporters should contact Fred Brown at NASA Headquarters in Washington at 202-358-0713 no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Cabana, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1985. He was assigned to the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he served in a variety of roles including chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office. In addition to commanding STS-88, Cabana also commanded the STS-65 mission aboard Columbia in 1994 and served as pilot on Discovery’s STS-41 and STS-53 missions in 1990 and 1992, respectively. He has logged more than 37 days in space.

Cabana’s biography is available at:


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Joshua Buck
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