'Best Friend' Astronauts Say Goodbye to Their Wives and Children Before Historic SpaceX-NASA Launch



The two will finally embark on the mission together and head toward the International Space Station.

Behnken and Hurley have been close friends for years as they started their careers together nearly two decades ago.

"So being lucky enough to get to fly with your best friend is kind of a — I think there’s a lot of people that wish they could do that, and we’re lucky enough to do it," Hurley said in a promotional video shared by NASA. "We've spent a ton of time together. We could have gone two directions with that. We could have gotten to the point where we didn’t want to be around each other, or we’re closer. So I think just the whole experience for me is what we’re looking [forward to]."

Hurley also recently told the New York Times that his son thinks the capsule is a "pretty cool looking vehicle."

"My 10-year-old son certainly thinks it’s a cool vehicle with a cool name, Dragon," he said. "So I got the thumbs up from him and in the end, that's all that matters."

Behnken, who is serving as joint operations commander, and Hurley, who will be spacecraft commander, will lift off in the Crew Dragon spacecraft at 3:22 p.m. ET.

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