Robert Behnken’s career
Space X, the launch of Crew Dragon and preparations. PHOTO
Robert Behnken, nicknamed Bob, 49, has been at NASA since he was 30. After 18 months of training and evaluation he was assigned to technical tasks in the Shuttle Operations Department of the Astronaut Office to support launch and landing operations at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His first space mission came in 2008, when he stayed for 15 days in the International Space Station for the first time as a Mission Specialist. Two years later he participated in the STS-130 mission. During the 13 days of stay in the space he maneuvers the Canadarm2 robotic arm and reaches the quota of 37 total hours spent in the open space, outside the vehicle. In both missions he flew with the Endeavor shuttle. Behnken is married to NASA astronaut Megan McArthur.
Douglas Hurley’s career
Douglas Hurley, known as Doug, born in 1966, was selected as a NASA pilot in July 2000. After two years of basic training, he was assigned to the Kennedy Operations Support of the Astronaut Office as Cape Crusader to head the Astronaut Support Personnel (ASP) for two Shuttle missions. The first, the STS-127, in 2009 with Endeavor – was 16 days in orbit – and the second, the STS-135, in 2011 with Atlantis in the last Shuttle mission. On this occasion he remained in space for 12 days. Hurley is also married to an astronaut: it is Karen Nyberg, who took part in two missions, one of which aboard the Soyuz to the International Space Station (ISS) lasting about 180 days.
The mission aboard the Crew Dragon
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On board the Crew Dragon capsule, AstroDoug and AstroBehnken are engaged in the mission called Demo2. Behnken is responsible for approaching and docking the capsule with the International Space Station, while Hurley is the commander of the shuttle and will be responsible for operations during launch, landing and recovery.