K Megan McArthur

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Date of Birth August 30, 1971
Place of Birth Hawaii
Age 49 years old
Horoscope Virgo

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Katherine Megan McArthur is an American oceanographer and a National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut. She has served as a Capsule Communicator for both the space shuttle and space station. Megan McArthur has flown one space shuttle mission, STS-125. She is known as the last person to be hands on with the Hubble Space Telescope via the Canadarm. McArthur has served in a number of positions including working in the Shuttle Avionics Laboratory. She is married to fellow astronaut Robert L. Behnken.

Nationality: American
Status: Active
Other occupation: Oceanographer
Time in space: 12 days, 21 hours, 38 min.
Selection: 2000 NASA Group
Missions: STS-125

About K Megan McArthur

Famous for her work with NASA, McArthur served as Capsule Communicator for the Space Shuttle Discovery's 2006 STS-116 mission and went on to assist both the Atlantis' STS-117 mission and the STS-125 Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.

Before Fame

After completing her bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, she received a doctorate in Oceanography from the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


As a graduate student researcher, she held the title of Chief Scientist during several aquatic data collection projects.

Family Life

Though she was born in Hawaii, she was raised primarily in Mountain View, California. Her husband, Robert L. Behnken, also had a career as a NASA astronaut.


She and fellow astronaut William Oefelein were both on the crew of NASA's STS-116 mission.

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  • University of California, San Diego alumni
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Latest information about K Megan McArthur updated on October 27, 2020.

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