Robert Behnken

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Birthday
28, 1970
Birthplace
Missouri
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
28, 1970 (age 49)
Birthplace
Missouri

About

After ascending to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force, this military test pilot worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a Mission Specialist for the March, 2008 STS-123 flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. He also participated in a later Endeavour mission, STS-130.

Before Fame

After receiving degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from Washington University in St. Louis, he earned a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology.

Trivia

He was the recipient of an Air Force Achievement Medal and two Air Force Commendation Medals.

Family Life

He married Hawaiian-born oceanographer and fellow NASA astronaut K. Megan McArthur.

Associated With

In 2012, he succeeded Peggy Whitson as Chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA.