Astronauts Arrive at Kennedy Space Center Ahead of May 27 Launch

Posted on May 21, 2020 11:23 am

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NASA and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have welcomed the two astronauts who, next Wednesday, are scheduled to head to space, becoming the first humans to do so from U.S. soil in nine years.  

NASA test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrived from their home base in Houston aboard one of the space agency’s jets Wednesday. They will also make history as the first astronauts to go into space in a privately-funded spacecraft. 

The two are scheduled to blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, bound for the International Space Station. 

Hurley was a crew member on the final shuttle flight launched from the space center July 4, 2011. He told reporters it was “incredibly humbling” to be there