SpaceX continues to prove to the world that it has highly ambitious plans for the future of space exploration. The space agency founded by Elon Musk almost two decades ago will send its first astronauts soon to the International Space Station.
NASA announced that the two American astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley would be sent to the ISS on May 27 with a SpaceX rocket.
The lift-off will be from the Kennedy Space Center
We are all hoping that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic won’t delay the May 27 lift-off of Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley into space. The launch will take place from the launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Douglas Gerald Hurley (born on October 21, 1966) is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He flew as a pilot for STS-135 in July 2011, which was the final flight of the Space Shuttle program. He piloted Space Shuttle mission STS-127, which launched in 2009. Hurley was also the first Marine to fly the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.
The American astronaut has graduated Owego Free Academy of the Tulane University, and he has the ranks of Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.
Robert Louis “Bob” Behnken is a bit younger than his future colleague, being born on July 28, 1970 (49 years old). Behnken is a NASA astronaut, United States Air Force officer, and also former Chief of the Astronaut Office. The astronaut has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and he’s Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Col. Behnken has in his resume more than 1,000 flight hours in 25 different aircraft.
SpaceX was founded with the purpose of reducing costs for space transportation in order to enable the colonization of Mars. As the idea sounds like a scenario from a Science Fiction movie for most people, astronomers are hoping that it will become a reality someday.