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News ID: 46205
Publish Date: 15:57 - 23 May 2020
Tehran, 23 May_The first NASA astronauts set to launch from American soil in almost a decade are laying the foundation for the new preflight traditions that U.S. commercial spacecraft crews will follow as they prepare to lift off into space.

From trees to tags, NASA astronauts start traditions before first SpaceX launchBob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday (May 20), a week ahead of their scheduled launch on SpaceX's first Dragon spacecraft to fly with a crew to the International Space Station. Behnken and Hurley's Demo-2 mission will mark the resumption of U.S. orbital spaceflights since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011.

"This is an awesome time to be an astronaut, with a new spacecraft to get a chance to go and fly," said Behnken, speaking to reporters at what was the shuttle landing facility (now Space Florida's Launch and Landing Facility). "We're thankful for that opportunity and we view it as an opportunity, but also a responsibility for the American people, for the SpaceX team [and] for all of NASA that has put this opportunity together and then trusted us with it."

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday (May 20), a week ahead of their scheduled launch on SpaceX's first Dragon spacecraft to fly with a crew to the International Space Station. Behnken and Hurley's Demo-2 mission will mark the resumption of U.S. orbital spaceflights since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011.

"This is an awesome time to be an astronaut, with a new spacecraft to get a chance to go and fly," said Behnken, speaking to reporters at what was the shuttle landing facility (now Space Florida's Launch and Landing Facility). "We're thankful for that opportunity and we view it as an opportunity, but also a responsibility for the American people, for the SpaceX team [and] for all of NASA that has put this opportunity together and then trusted us with it."

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