NASA and SpaceX astronauts making first splashdown to Earth in 45 years
Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who are returning to Earth today, are both experienced astronauts and engineers who joined NASA after achieving the rank of colonel as military pilots, but their lives and careers have mirrored each other's for two decades.
They were both selected as astronauts in 2000, and both of them met their wives - who are also astronauts and part of NASA's class of 2000 - while undergoing training.
Behnken's wife, Megan McArthur, is an oceanographer and NASA astronaut who has flown one space shuttle mission. She is currently the deputy chief of NASA's Astronaut Office - and is also going to be an astronaut on NASA's next mission to the International Space Station.
Hurley's wife, Karen Nyberg, is a mechanical engineer and was a NASA astronaut who completed two space missions before recently retiring.
Doug and Bob as they are almost always referred to are close friends and they attended each other's weddings. They also both have sons and have trained together for this mission for five years.
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