Robert Louis BEHNKEN

NASA astronaut, USA

July 28, 1970, Creve Coeur, Missouri, but he considers St. Ann, Missouri, his hometown.

In 1998 graduated from High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
In 1992 received Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from Washington University in St. Louis.
In 1993 received a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology.
In 1997 received a PhD degree from the same institute.


Mountaineering, walking tourism and skis.

USAF Achievement Medal 1997, USAF Commendation Medal 1998, 2000

Received training under Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Since 1997 he was on active duty at Eglin AFB, Florida, where he worked as a technical manager and developmental engineer for new munitions systems.
In 1998 he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California (as Flight Test Engineer).
After graduation he continued serving at Edwards Air Force Base where he took part in combined tests of the multi-mission fighter F-22. He flew in the F-15 and F-16 aircraft in support of the F-22 flight test program.

On July 26, 2000 he was selected as an astronaut candidate during the 18th NASA enrollment campaign (to be trained as mission specialist).
He received basic astronaut training.
Having completed it, he graduated as a mission specialist and was assigned to the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch.
In July 2012 he was named Chief of the Astronaut Office, and remained in that position until July 9, 2015, when he was succeeded by Chris Cassidy.


He flew his first space mission on March 11 through 27, 2008 as a mission specialist 1 on Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-123 mission. The main mission objective was to deliver to ISS the first section of the Japanese Kibo module and Canadian high-precision Dexter robotic arm. The doking with the ISS occurred on March 13, 2008. During the mission he made three spacewalks with the total duration of 19 hours 20 minutes. The mission duration was 15 days 18 hours and 11 minutes.

He flew his second space mission on February 8 through 22, 2010 as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-130 mission. On February 10 they docked with the ISS. During the mission he made three spacewalks with the total duration of 18 hours 14 minutes. During the spacewalk the astronauts completed the work to hook up the Tranquility module to the ISS cooling system. On February 20, 2010, the Space Shuttle undocked from the ISS, and on February 22 it landed at Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral. The mission duration was 13 days 18 hours and 6 minutes.

He set out on his third space mission on May 30, 2020 on the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

June 2020
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