Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Southern Tier native to command trip to International Space Station

A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program…and there is a local connection. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. May 27. Hurley will be the spacecraft commander for Demo-2, responsible for activities such as launch, landing and recovery. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and has completed two spaceflights. The New York native was born in Endicott but considers Apalachin in Tioga County, NY his hometown. More details can be found HERE.