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Georgia Tech alumnus and Atlanta native Shane Kimbrough was chosen in May as one of 11 astronauts in NASAís class of 2004.

Kimbrough, MS OR 98, will serve as a mission specialist. He is the 15th Georgia Tech alumnus to be named an astronaut.

"Service to this nation has always been important to me," Kimbrough said. "The benefits to society as a result of NASAís discoveries are phenomenal. Thatís what motivated me to want to work here."

An Army major, Kimbrough is trained to fly both airplanes and helicopters and served in Desert Storm in 1991 as a platoon leader of an Apache helicopter company. Currently, Kimbrough is a flight simulation engineer on the shuttle training aircraft at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Kimbrough, who will begin astronaut training this summer, admitted that being chosen has been a thrill.

"I have been fascinated by space travel since I was a kid. I want to explore the unknown," Kimbrough said. "Once I finish my first year of astronaut training, I hope to be assigned to several technical jobs so I can improve myself professionally, but then Iíd be thrilled to take on any space mission ó even to the moon or Mars."

Other Tech alumni who have been named astronauts are Eric Boe, MS EE 97; John H. Casper, Cls 65; Rich Clifford, MS AE 83; Jan Davis, Biol 75; Blaine Hammond, MS ESM 74; Scott Horowitz, MS AE 79; Susan Still Kilrain, MS AE 85; Timothy Kopra, MS AE 95; Sandra Magnus, PhD 96; William S. "Bill" McArthur, MS AE 83; Alan Poindexter, AE 86; Richard Truly, AE 59; Douglas Wheelock, MS AE 92; and John Young, AE 52. Former industrial and systems engineering professor Michael J. Massimino is also an astronaut.

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