NASA IMAGE: 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class Dr. Frank Rubio, From Military Veteran to Doctor to Astronaut

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flew over 1,100 hours, including more than 600 hours of combat in U.S. Army

Dr. Frank Rubio was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. (NASA image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Dr. Frank Rubio was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.

He reported for duty in August 2017 and has completed the initial astronaut candidate training is now eligible for a mission assignment.

The Florida native graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1998, and earned a Doctorate of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2010.

Prior to attending medical school, he served as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and flew more than 1,100 hours, including more than 600 hours of combat and imminent danger time during deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Dr. Rubio is a board-certified family physician and flight surgeon.

In this image, Rubio stands in the anechoic chamber, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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