A graduate of West Point and the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Desert Storm veteran has acquired a number of accolades ranging from medals for military service to having the opportunity to serve on the STS-126 Endeavour space station from Nov. 14 to Nov. 30, 2008. The launch became NASA’s fourth shuttle flight in 2008 and the organization’s 27th shuttle/station assembly mission.
According to Kimbrough’s official biography on www.jsc.nasa.gov, “Highlights of the almost 16-day mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house six-member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchenette, two bedrooms, an exercise machine and a water recycling system. During the mission, Kimbrough performed two spacewalks, logging a total of 12 hours and 52 minutes of EVA. ... STS-126 returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in over 6 million miles.”
Director of Marketing Joe Schulman said while the museum has hosted Apollo-era astronauts, it hasn’t hosted many who have recently traveled into space.
“It’s only been a few years since he’s flown [to space], so it will be pretty cool to hear him talk about the things that go on on the space station, to living and flying in space,” Schulman said.
He said events like Lunch and Learn also shed light onto existing and upcoming items to be on exhibit in the museum’s galleries. Encompassing 120,000 square feet at 100 Tellus Drive in Cartersville, Tellus is comprised of four main galleries — The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science In Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard — a 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory. A Smithsonian affiliate, Tellus has attracted more than 550,000 visitors since opening in January 2009.
“We have a lot of space exhibits and we are adding some new exhibits, including ... a sample of moon rock and some other Apollo exhibits, and those are really from the earlier days of space exploration, ... so you’re going to be able to see a history of space travel and find out what it’s like to live on the international space station, which is just an achievement for mankind when it comes to space travel,” Schulman said.
Reservations are recommended for this special lecture and the museum is now taking pre-orders for lunch for members and for non-members beginning Monday, April 8. To make reservations, call 770-606-5700, ext. 431. Any open spots will be first come, first serve. Lunch will be available for purchase on the day of the talk, but for faster service, pre-orders are recommended.
The event is free for members and included in regular admission for non-members. An autograph session immediately will follow the event.