Portrait of Robert Gibson
Robert Gibson is an American astronaut who was born on October 30, 1946,
in New York. Before he became an astronaut, Gibson was a Navy pilot. He
has logged over 6000 hours of flight time in 50 types of aircraft.
Gibson became an astronaut in 1979. He has spent over 876 hours in
space on five spaceflights.
Gibson made his first spaceflight as the pilot of STS 41-B in 1984. Two
communications satellites were deployed during this mission. In 1986,
Gibson flew aboard STS 61-C. The crew conducted experiments in
In 1988, Gibson served as the commander of STS-27. This was a Department
of Defense mission. Gibson's fourth flight occurred in 1992, aboard
STS-47. This mission was notable for having the first Japanese astronaut
Gibson made his last flight aboard STS-71 in 1995. This was the first
Space Shuttle mission to dock with the Russian Mir Space Station.
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