Francisco Rubio (astronaut)


Francisco Rubio
Francisco Rubio portrait.jpg
Francisco Carlos Rubio

(1975-12-11) December 11, 1975 (age 45)
Alma materUnited States Military Academy (BS)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (MD)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Previous occupation
Helicopter pilot
SelectionNASA Group 22

Francisco Carlos "Frank"[1] Rubio (born December 11, 1975; MAJ, USA) is a US Army helicopter pilot, flight surgeon, and NASA astronaut.

Early life and education

Francisco Rubio was born on December 11, 1975, in Los Angeles, California to Salvadoran parents.[2][3] His family moved to Miami, Florida, where he attended Miami Sunset Senior High School. He attended the United States Military Academy, and earned a bachelor's degree in international relations.[2][4]

Military career

After commissioning as a second lieutenant in the US Army, Rubio became a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. Rubio was a platoon leader in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, and a company commander for A Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment. As a pilot, Rubio had over 1,100 hours of flying time, including 600 combat hours during operations in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.[2]

Rubio received a Doctorate of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and completed a family medicine residency at Fort Benning. He served as a clinic supervisor and flight surgeon at Redstone Arsenal. At the time of his selection as an astronaut candidate, Rubio was the surgeon for 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Force Group at Fort Carson.[2]

NASA career

In 2017, Rubio was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began his two-year training.[2][5]

Personal life

Rubio and his wife, Deborah, have four children.[2][3]

Awards and honors

Rubio has received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, and has earned the Senior US Army Aviator, Pathfinder, Air Assault, and the Parachutist badges.[2]


  1. ^ Tonnessen, Heather. "Astronaut Frank Rubio". NASA. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Frank Rubio". NASA. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Morales, Maria. "The Last Frontier". American Voices. Time Magazine. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Francisco Carlos "Frank" Rubio". Spacefacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 13, 2018.