Portrait of Robert Cabana
Robert Cabana is an American astronaut who was born on January 23, 1949 in
Minnesota. Before he became an astronaut, Cabana was a pilot for the Navy. He
has flown over 5000 hours on 33 different aircraft.
Cabana became an astronaut in 1985. He has made three spaceflights, spending
over 627 hours in space.
In 1990, Cabana piloted shuttle Discovery on a mission that deployed the Ulysses
spacecraft. During this mission, the crew also did experiments on combustion.
Cabana also piloted shuttle Discovery in 1992. This mission was classified by
the Department of Defense.
Cabana commanded the second International Microgravity Lab in 1994. Fifteen
countries were represented in this 15-day mission. The crew conducted materials
and life science research. Cabana commanded mission STS-88 in December
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