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Robert L. Behnken
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Born July 28, 1970 (1970-07-28) (age 51)
Status Active
Nationality American
Alma mater Washington University in St. Louis
California Institute of Technology
Occupation Test engineer
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Rank Colonel, USAF
Time in space
Currently in space
Selection 2000 NASA Group
Total EVAs
6
Total EVA time
37 hours, 33 minutes
Missions STS-123, STS-130, SpX-DM2
Mission insignia
STS-123 Patch.svg STS-130 patch.png Crew Dragon Demo-2 Patch.png

Robert Louis Behnken ( born July 28, 1970) is a NASA astronaut, engineer, and former Chief of the Astronaut Office. He flew for over 708 hours in space, including 37 hours of spacewalk time.

Following retirement of the Space Shuttle, Behnken was Chief of the Astronaut Office from 2012 to 2015.

He was assigned to the SpaceX Dragon Capsule in 2018 as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, Behnken launched aboard the spacecraft's first crewed mission with fellow astronaut Doug Hurley on May 30, 2020.

He is married to astronaut K. Megan McArthur.

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