Tulane Grad Chosen To Command SpaceX Dragon Capsule Launch To ISS

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the unmanned Crew Dragon capsule on its nose sits at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 1, 2019. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

The first manned mission to space launched from American soil in nearly nine years is set with a commander who graduated from Tulane.

On May 27th, Marine Colonel Doug Hurley will command the Space-X Dragon capsule as it lifts off to the International Space Station.

Hurley graduated magna cum laude from Tulane in 1988, joined NASA in 2000, and flew as a pilot on two space shuttle missions, including the final flight of the program in 2011.

When the capsule launches, it will be the first time a spacecraft built by a private company will take humans into space.

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