Welcome KENNETH BOWERSOX to 2008 REUNION
Bowersox received his commission in the U.S. Navy in 1978 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1981. He was assigned to Attack Squadron 22, aboard the USS Enterprise, where he served as a Fleet A-7E pilot, logging over 300 carrier arrested landings. Following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1985, he spent the next year and a half as a test pilot flying A-7E & F/A-18 aircraft until his selection to the astronaut program.
In June 1987, Kenneth was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA and completed a year training and evaluation program in August 1988. A 5-flight veteran, Bowersox has logged over 211 days in space including two space walks totaling 13 hours & 17 minutes.
- Pilot on STS-50 (1992). First flight of the U.S. Microgravity Lab and first Extended Duration Orbiter flight.
- Spacecraft Commander on STS-61 (1993). Hubble Space Telescope servicing and repair mission. It was restored to full capacity.
- STS-73 (1995). Second flight of the U.S. Microgravity Lab.
- STS-82 (1997). Second Hubble Space Telescope maintenance mission. Following completion of upgrades and repairs, it was boosted to a higher orbit and redeployed.
KENNETH BOWERSOX -
STATION EXPEDITION 6
- Crew Commander for Expedition-6 (2002-2003). During 5-1/2 months aboard International Space Station, the crew worked with numerous U.S. & Russian science experiments. Bowersox & Science Officer Don Pettit performed two space walks to continue the external outfitting of the orbital outpost. The crew launches on Space Shuttle Endeavour and returned to earth on Soyuz TMZ-1.