Who are the 2 NASA astronauts on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft?
SpaceX on Saturday launched two NASA astronauts on its Crew Dragon spacecraft. Douglas Hurley, who was selected as an astronaut in 2000, holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was a fighter pilot and test pilot in US Marine Corps. Robert Behnken, who is a veteran of two space shuttle flights, holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering.
- Fifty-three-year-old Douglas Hurley, the spacecraft commander for Demo-2, was a fighter pilot and a test pilot in the US Marine Corps prior to being selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2000. He has since completed two spaceflights – in 2009 and in 2011 , according to the NASA website.
- He is a native of Apalachin in New York, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School in Maryland. In his free time, Hurley likes to hunt and spend time with his family in the Texas Hill Country, according to his official NASA biography.
- Married to fellow NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, the couple have one son.
- On board the Crew Dragon, Hurley will be responsible for activities such as launch, landing and recovery.
- Behnken, 49, a veteran Air Force test pilot, was first selected as an astronaut in July 2000. During the SpaceX flight, he will be responsible for activities such as rendezvous, docking and undocking, as well as Demo-2 activities while the spacecraft is docked to the ISS.
- Prior to Saturday’s flight, he has completed two space shuttle flights in 2008 and in 2010, according to his official NASA biography.
- Born in St Anne, Missouri, Behnken has a bachelor’s degree in physics and mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology. He was a flight test engineer with the US Air Force before joining NASA.
- Behnken is married to fellow NASA astronaut K. Megan McArthur and has a young son.
- Bringing spaceflight capabilities back to the U.S. is important to him so that his son can witness him launch, Behnken said in a video released by NASA, according to abcnews.com.
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