Hurley family ready to witness history

first_img(WBNG) — Douglas Hurley’s family says they are excited and proud ahead of the historic SpaceX launch. “It’s great to see everybody is excited about it, not everybody has this historic event happening, a person from our community doing this,” said Dean. Dean and his family said they are grateful to see the support from the Southern Tier as Doug makes history. “It’s not just about watching it it’s about feeling it, that’s the best way I can decribe the first two launches,” said Jolene. “He sent us a text today (Wednesday) that said ‘you guys have fun today’ and I sent him a text back that said ‘you have fun too,’ and he said ‘oh yeah!'” The family was present at Doug’s first two launches, in 2009 and 2011. Dean said it doesn’t get old. “This is such a historic event, you just can’t put it in words.” While the family mostly feels excitement, Jolene said “the inherent risk of what he does can be a little scary, as his family.” Jolene also said Doug was calm ahead of the launch, saying he’s “even-keeled, all the time.”center_img Click here to watch the launch. When the first attempt was scrubbed Wednesday due to inclement weather, Dean said they would remain in Florida for today’s launch attempt. Doug’s brother Dean Hurley traveled from Vestal along with his wife Jolene, and their two children to support Doug, an Apalachin native. Catching up with them Wednesday, the family said it’s a surreal experience. Ahead of Wednesday’s attempt, Dean shared a text Doug sent him. Today’s SpaceX Crew Dragon launch attempt is set for 3:22 p.m.last_img

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