|1988 alumnus to fly on first commercial space flights|
|Friday, August 3, 2018|
Col. Robert Behnken, Class of 1988 - NASA announced today that Behnken, a 1988 Pattonville High School graduate, is among nine astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station as part of an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.
Behnken previously served as chief of the Astronaut Office for NASA, flew on two space shuttle missions in 2008 and 2010 and logged more than 37 hours of spacewalks during those missions.
He earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Washington University in 1992, and a master’s and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1993 and 1997, respectively.
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