SpaceX is officially ready to launch astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station this Wednesday. Barring any launch or weather issues, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, May 27th at 4:33 p.m. The astronauts will join the 3-person crew of Expedition 63 after a 19-hour journey. The pair of NASA astronauts will spend anywhere from one to four months aboard the ISS.
About The Astronauts
Robert Louis “Bob” Behnken was born July 28, 1970, in St. Ann, Missouri. He is a NASA astronaut, engineer, and former Chief of the Astronaut Office. Behnken holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he served before joining NASA in 2000. He flew aboard Space Shuttle missions STS-123 (2008) and STS-130 (2010) as a Mission Specialist, accumulating over 708 hours in space, including 37 hours of spacewalk time. He is married to fellow astronaut K. Megan McArthur.
Following the retirement of the Space Shuttle, Behnken was Chief of the Astronaut Office from 2012 to 2015. Assigned to the SpaceX Dragon Capsule in 2018 as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, Behnken is scheduled to launch aboard the spacecraft’s first crewed mission with fellow astronaut Doug Hurley on May 27, 2020. The mission, Crew Dragon Demo-2, will take Behnken and Hurley to the International Space Station, where they will dock and stay for several weeks.
Douglas Gerald “Doug” Hurley was born on October 21, 1966, in Endicott, New York. He is an American engineer, former Marine Corps pilot, and current NASA astronaut. He piloted Space Shuttle missions STS-127 (July 2009) and STS-135 (July 2011), the final flight of the Space Shuttle program. He is scheduled to command Crew Dragon Demo-2, the first crewed spaceflight from American soil since STS-135. He was also the first Marine to fly the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. His call sign is “Chunky”, and he was sometimes referred to by this name on the communication loops. Hurley is married to fellow NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg. They have one son.
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