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Five-time space shuttle astronaut Kenneth D. Bowersox (Captain, USN) piloted the precedent-setting mission to the crippled Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in December 1993, STS-61, capturing and restoring it to full capability through a record five space walks.
In June 1992, he served as pilot aboard STS-50, the first flight of the United States Microgravity Laboratory and the first Extended Duration Orbiter flight. Over a two-week period, the crew conducted a wide variety of experiments relating to materials processing and fluids physics.
Bowersox also flew three more shuttle missions, including commanding the laboratory’s second flight for STS-73 in October 1995 and the second HST maintenance mission for STS-82 in February 1997. Launching on STS-113, he lived aboard the International Space Station as commander of Expedition-6 from November 2002 through May 2003. During the 5 1/2-month long stay, Bowersox performed two Extravehicular Activities, continuing the external outfitting of the orbital outpost. Due to the shuttle fleet being grounded after the Columbia accident, Expedition-6 was the first crew of U.S. astronauts to return to earth in the Russian vehicle Soyuz.
Later, he served as Director of NASA’s Flight Crew Operations Directorate. Currently he is SpaceX Vice President of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance.
Kenneth Bowersox was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on June 5, 2010.