HOUSTON – America watched NASA Commercial Crew astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley leave Earth on a vehicle that had never been flown with humans onboard.
Hurley and Behnken spoke with KPRC2′s Rose-Ann Aragon and they have a special message for Space City.
May 30, 2020, was, for many people, representative of hope for the American people. The SpaceX Demo-2 launch was a feat lead by SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
SpaceX developed the Crew Dragon, which Hurley and Behnken named, “Endeavour,” that launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket.
Behnken, the Joint Operations Commander, and Hurley, the Spacecraft Commander, had one main goal: to test out the Crew Dragon capsule for future crews in order to get it certified by NASA for future flights. The Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 launched Saturday, May 30th at 2:22 p.m. following a scrub on Wednesday.
After a 19-hour rendezvous, including two portions where Hurley took manual control, the two made it to The International Space Station to meet Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy, who had been the only American at the ISS for a while.
A day later, Behnken and Hurley spoke with KPRC2′s Rose-Ann Aragon who asked them about their message to Space City: the home to human spaceflight and the place where Houstonians and those from Timber Cove, Clear Lake, Nassau Bay and Webster have seen them grow as people, fathers and astronauts.
“For both of us...the Houston area is where we call home now, and it certainly is true that the home of Johnson Space Center, the home of human spaceflight, takes seriously that that’s our home. The home of human spaceflight,” Behnken said. “We have excellent support there. I had a parade of...socially distancing individuals lining my neighborhood in the half-mile or so as I departed to Ellington Field to head down to Florida, and I know that I just had wonderful support. To all our family and friends at home, thank you guys from everything, and we couldn’t have done it without you.”