Canadians Tune In As Bob & Doug Go To Space
Space adventure enthusiasts from Canada and all over the world huddled together separately but in solidarity on Saturday as they tuned in for a historic NASA and SpaceX launch. The Falcon 9 rocket was a successful lift-off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre at 3:22 p.m. EDT, and historical for having been the first crewed rocket to have launched from U.S. soil and into Earth’s orbit since July 8th, 2011. Canadians enjoyed every minute of the space launch action, and perhaps just a little bit more than what would have been the case if the two astronauts on board were not named Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. That’s right: Bob and Doug.
All throughout the journey to the International Space Station the duo were casually referred to as “Bob and Doug”, which of course served to tickle the funny bones of Canadians who came of age during the 70s and 80s, having been reminded of the beloved and iconic SCTV comedy duo of the day, Bob and Doug McKenzie.
Take Off, Eh!
Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) were fictional cable television hosts and positively hilarious embodiments of every Canadian stereotype ever concocted. They ate donuts, they drank beer and their strong Canadian accents were unmistakable, which probably caused more than just a couple of Canadians to cheer on NASA and Elon Musk’s pair of astronauts with a “Take Off, eh!” as they were launched into a 19-hour journey into space.
The original Doug even sent congratulations and best wishes to the original pair’s “American cousins” on Twitter as they embarked on their trip to space!
They Rode The Dragon
Hurley and Behnken upon their arrival at the International Space Station described the trip as having resembled what they would assume riding or even driving a dragon would have felt like. Hurley described the flight experience as completely different to a trip undertaken in a shuttle, calling it mostly “smooth”, save for the stretch immediately following MECO (main engine cut-off). The difference came down to Falcon 9 being a liquid-fuelled rocket as opposed to a typical shuttle propelled by solid rocket boosters.
What had reportedly surprised both Bob and Doug, was the smooth docking with the International Space Station. This was apparently quite different to a typical shuttle dock, during which a bit of a jolt would normally be experienced.
The pair will be spending anywhere between one and four months at the International Space Station before embarking on the journey back home.