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Dragon crew arrives at Florida spaceport kick off final week of launch preps

Posted On: 21 May 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

Dragon crew arrives at Florida spaceport kick off final week of launch preps

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will ride SpaceX's first crewed mission into orbit. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrived Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center, ready for spacesuit and spacecraft fit checks, and some time off with their families before launching next week on the first crewed flight into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011.
Hurley and Behnken, each veterans of two space shuttle flights, rode a NASA Gulfstream business jet from their home base in Houston to Florida spaceport, where they were greeted by NASA managers and a limited number of reporters and photographers, all wearing masks and observing physical distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Both Doug and I are really excited to be here,” Behnken said. “This is an awesome time to be an astronaut with a new spacecraft to get a chance to go and fly.”
The astronauts are scheduled to launch next Wednesday, May 27, from pad 39A at Kennedy aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon...

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