Kenneth Cockrell

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Date of Birth April 9, 1950
Place of Birth Texas
Age 70 years old
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Kenneth Dale "Taco" Cockrell is an American astronaut and a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions. He served as Chief of the Astronaut Office from 1997 to 1998.

Nationality: American
Status: Retired
Born: April 9, 1950, Austin, Texas, U.S.
Other occupation: Test Pilot
Rank: Captain, United States Navy
Time in space: 64d 12h 24m
Selection: 1990 NASA Group
Missions: STS-56, STS-69, STS-80, STS-98, STS-111

About Kenneth Cockrell

Former Captain of the U.S. Navy who flew on five Space Shuttle missions.

Before Fame

He served in the U.S. Navy before becoming a research pilot at Johnson Space Center.


He served as Mission Specialist on his first mission, piloted his second, and was Commander of his last three.

Family Life

He married Gabrielle Avina and they had three children.


He is a pilot, like Chuck Yeager.

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Latest information about Kenneth Cockrell updated on December 01, 2020.

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