Robert L. Curbeam Jr. (Actual)

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Missions and Ranks

USN captain and NASA Mission Specialist 2

STS-85: Discovery
Captain Curtis L. Brown Jr.

Missions and Ranks

Mission Specialist 1

STS-98: Atlantis -3) Discovery
Captain Kenneth D. Cockrell

Missions and Ranks

Mission Specialist 2

STS-116Captain Mark L. Polansky


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

STS-85 Destination:
Atmospheric research

STS-98 Destination:
Deliver Destiny Laboratory Module to ISS

STS-116 Destination:
Delivery of ISS P5 truss, rewiring, and crew exchange

Robert Curbeam is a former US Naval flight officer.

Selected by NASA in December 1994, Curbeam reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995. After completing a year of training and evaluation, he was assigned to the Computer Support Branch in the Astronaut Office. He is a veteran of two space flights, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-98 in 2001, and has logged nearly 25 days in space, including over 19 EVA hours during three spacewalks.

Curbeam served as a spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) responsible for relaying all voice communication between Mission Control and crews aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, CAPCOM Branch Chief, and Payloads Group Lead, responsible for representing the crew office in the design, training and operation of on orbit experiments.