The Space Is Much Closer: NASA Announced Crews Members of 1st Test Flight of SpaceX and Boeing to ISS

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NASA revealed the names of the crew members for the first test flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s Commercial Crew spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. Read the details about the crew on Nexter.org.

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NASA announced the crew members for the first test flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s Commercial Crew spacecraft that is to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. These people will be the first passengers to test the spacecraft in 2019.

“Today, our country’s dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This accomplished group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft developed by our commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, will launch a new era of human spaceflight. Today’s announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation’s leadership in space.”

“The men and women we assign to these first flights are at the forefront of this exciting new time for human spaceflight,” said Mark Geyer, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can’t wait to see them aboard the International Space Station.”

Bob Behnken (L) and Doug Hurley (R)

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NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will be the first crew members to travel aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. Afterward, NASA will certify the Crew Dragon for future missions featured human beings.

Doug Hurley has been a part of two shuttle flights. During the first one in 2009, he was in the International Space Station with 12 other astronauts. Hurley’s second flight was STS-135, the final mission of the space shuttle program.

Bob Behnken joined NASA in 2000 after flying with the U.S. Air Force. In 2008, he delivered part of a Japanese space station module. In 2010, he installed the station’s cupola window.

Victor Glover (L) and Mike Hopkins (R)

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Once SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is certified, the first operational mission of the spacecraft will include Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, NASA astronauts.

It will be the first flight to the space station for Victor Glover. Before that, he was serving in the Navy and was a test pilot that served abroad in combat.

Mike Hopkins has been a part of Russian Soyuz rocket mission to the space station, in 2013, that lasted 166 days. During the mission, he performed 2 spacewalks to replace a pump module on the station.

Eric Boe (L), Nicole Mann (C), and Chris Ferguson (R)

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Eric Boe and Nicole Aunapu Mann will be the first one to ride on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner from Earth to orbit on top of an Atlas V rocket. Also, the mission will feature a private crew member, Chris Ferguson, a former NASA astronaut.

It’s Eric Boe’s third trip to space. During his first shuttle, in 2008, he helped install new living quarters on the station, the second shuttle was the last trip of Discovery.

Nicole Mann hasn’t been to space before, so it’s her first voyage. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a test pilot and an operations officer.

Chris Ferguson has traveled to space three times, probably, that’s why he is director of crew and mission operations at Boeing.

Josh Cassada and Sunita “Suni” Williams

Source: NASA

After trio’s flight, NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Sunita “Suni” Williams will be the crew member of the Starliner on its trip to the station.

Josh Cassada will make first flight to the space station, after his long career in NASA – he worked with the Commercial Crew branch to design and test new vehicles.

Sunita “Suni” Williams is to make her third voyage. In total, she has spent 9 days living underwater and 322 days living in space.


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NASA Announces Crews Members of First Flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s Passengers to ISS as Part of Future Mars Missions
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NASA Announces Crews Members of First Flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s Passengers to ISS as Part of Future Mars Missions
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