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MEDIA ADVISORY M23-011
Former NASA Astronauts to Receive Congressional Space Medal of Honor
NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (left) and Robert Behnken (right) participate in a dress rehearsal for launch at the agencyâs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 23, 2020, ahead of NASAâs SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. Demo-2 served as an end-to-end flight test of SpaceXâs crew transportation system, providing valuable data toward NASA certifying the system for regular, crewed missions to the orbiting laboratory under the agencyâs Commercial Crew Program.
Vice President Kamala Harris will award former NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken the Congressional Space Medal of Honor at 4:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Hurley and Behnken will receive the award for bravery in NASAâs SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 (Demo-2) to the International Space Station in 2020.
The ceremony will air on NASA Television, the agencyâsÂ website, and theÂ NASA app, as well as the agencyâs flagshipÂ Twitter,Â Facebook, andÂ YouTubeÂ channels.
Limited pre-credentialed media will join pooled press for the event.
On May 30, 2020, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the companyâs Crew Dragon spacecraft launched to the space station, marking the first mission to launch with astronauts as part of NASAâs Commercial Crew Program.
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