NASA family out of this world

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Doug Hurley was quarantined for his inaugural space shuttle flight when his wife shared the big news: She was pregnant.

"It was a very, very special moment," he said.

It was also fitting for a child, born in early 2010, whose formative years have been contoured by spaceflight. Just a few months after Jack's first birthday, in the summer of 2011, Hurley flew again, piloting the final shuttle flight. And shortly after Jack turned 3, his mom, Karen Nyberg, 44, would spend six months aboard the International Space Station. She returned to Earth on Nov. 10.

"It's been a whirlwind," Hurley said.

Jack's unprecedented upbringing offers rare insight into the lives of astronauts, who have both off-world lives and live very much in the real world of Houston.

While mom flew overhead in space, Hurley took their son to Moody Gardens, put him to bed and arranged for Jack to talk to mommy on a special phone hook-up.

Theirs is a 21st-century story, a very real reminder that astronauts make more sacrifices than just risking death by flying into space.

Written By: Eric Berger
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5 COMMENTS

  1. “Theirs is a 21st-century story, a very real reminder that astronauts make more sacrifices than just risking death by flying into space.

    Sounds like everyone else on the planet but with more money and much more fun.

    I understand the contestants on Big Brother have to make those sort of massive sacrifices too. My heart bleeds for them.

    On related news

    astronauts are in danger of stubbing their toes as they climb into the rocket, a very real reminder that astronauts make more sacrifices than just risking death by flying into space.

  2. It takes a special mix of skill and daring, along with intelligence and thousands of hours of training to become an astronaut. They are modern day heroes, and represent an area of true scientific discovery we need to invest more heavily in. I have nothing but pride for this group of individuals and their achievements.

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