1988 alumnus selected for trail-blazing space travel program
1988 alumnus selected for trail-blazing space travel program
Monday, July 20, 2015
Col. Robert Behnken, a 1988 alumnus of Pattonville High School, is one of four experienced astronauts and test pilots selected by NASA to train and prepare for commercial spaceflights. They will work closely with The Boeing Company and SpaceX to develop their crew transportation systems and provide crew transportation services to and from the International Space Station.

Behnken is a U.S. Air Force colonel from St. Ann, Missouri, who accumulated more than 1,300 flight hours in more than 25 different aircraft types. NASA selected Behnken as an astronaut in July 2000, and he reported for training in August 2000.

Behnken flew on space shuttle missions STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-130 in February 2010, logging more than 29 days in space, including more than 37 hours during six spacewalks. 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. Behnken served as chief of the Astronaut Office for NASA from 2012 to 2015.

Find out more
Read NASA's press release and seeing a related video here:

Read an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here:

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