— Eric Berger (@chronsciguy) November 18, 2013
When is the last time you heard a male astronaut asked how he could leave his children home to spend time aboard the International Space Station?
The Houston Chronicle goes there in a profile of an astronaut family — Doug Hurley and Karen Nyberg, the Minnesota native who returned from the space station a week ago.
“She struggled with it every day. But how is that different from any woman or man that has a career and has children?” Hurley tells the Chronicle. “I think it sometimes bothers her that she is somehow singled out. Every other man up on the space station has children, too. Why is it different for her?”
Hurley took care of their son during her time away, the newspaper describing him as”Mr. Mom.” In 2013, some people would refer to that as “dad.”