Local astronaut Bob Behnken discusses recent SpaceX mission to ISS

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ST. LOUIS – Sunday afternoon’s splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico was another first for the Space X Dragon crew. The first time for a splashdown in 45 years.

“They’re a wonderful company to work with and they have incredibly talented people and I think there’s plenty to come from the relationship that NASA and Space X have,” said astronaut Doug Hurley.

Tuesday afternoon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, answered questions about their first commercial-crewed spaceflight.

“They’re asking us do we need anything and our families well taken care of,” Behnken said. “That’s their main focus right now; taking care of the team, which is the astronaut office. So, all the well-wishes that come in are, ‘Do you need anything,’ ‘Don’t climb a ladder,’ ‘I’ll change the lights at your house,’ all those sorts of things from people. It’s wonderful how many folks have reached out and we’re well taken care of after the mission we just went through.”

On May 30, Behnken and Hurley, the crew of the Space X Demo 2 test flight named Endeavor, made their way to the International Space Station after departing from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The two made approximately 1,024 orbits around our planet and four spacewalks.

After 62 days in orbit, the two returned safely to earth.

Their mission to the International Space Station marked the first crewed spaceflight to launch from the United States since the Space Shuttle program retired in 2011.

NASA has selected both Space X and Boeing to take astronauts back and forth to the International Space Station beginning in September.

“Literally every time you look out the window you see something beautiful and more different than last time you saw,” Hurley said. “Maybe more so this year than past years. The country and the world have been dealing with so much chaos from the pandemic. So, I think we felt like it was a way for folks to have a distraction for a while.”

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