Two former astronauts receive Space Medal of Honor

Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken were awarded the medals

Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday presented the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to two former NASA astronauts at the White House

Kamala credited Behnken and Hurley not just for flying the mission but for years of work leading up to it, advising SpaceX as it developed the spacecraft

They got medals for their “bravery in NASA’s SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 to the International Space Station in 2020

Rob and Doug together, have written a new chapter in the history of American space flight

In the coming years, there is no doubt hundreds of people will fly to orbit in the capsule that they helped to test and build

The space agency has a long history of selecting test pilots, who spend hundreds of hours flying around in experimental supersonic aircraft, to be astronauts

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