NASA unveils astronauts who will relaunch human space flights from U.S.

Rosemary Collier
August 8, 2018

NASA, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, introduced on 4 August the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on an American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.

As per IT House, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft was launched on June 29, carrying a massive 2,697 kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station, which included experimental materials, spacewalking equipment, artificial intelligence jointly developed by IBM and Airbus.

"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.

This crew is made up of three astronauts: Eric Boe, who was the pilot of the space shuttle Endeavor; Chris Ferguson, who took part in the last launch; and rookie Nicole A. Mann.

The astronauts will fly into space on Boeing and Space X vehicles in 2019, making it NASA's first human spaceflight program since the retirement of space shuttle in 2011.

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The two pairs of NASA crewmates will fly to the station with Russian cosmonauts and global astronauts to be announced at a later date.

"This is a big deal for our country, and we want America to know we're back", Bridenstine said in a speech. NASA has unveiled the first astronauts to fly on private spaceships built by SpaceX and Boeing, and, just like the original Mercury Seven, NASA's first astronauts announced in 1959, these 21st century space travelers have "the right stuff". "Today's announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation's leadership in space".

This will be the fourth space flight for Ferguson, a former Navy fighter pilot. The Starliner test flight will send former military personnel Eric Boe, Christopher Ferguson and Nicole Aunapu Mann on a groundbreaking mission.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"The next generation of American spacecraft and rockets that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station are nearing the final stages of development and evaluation". Her first was a space shuttle mission that launched in 2007, and the second was a Soyuz-launched mission in 2012. He has spent 166 days on the International Space Station for Expeditions 37/38, and conducted two spacewalks. Four new astronaut crew mates learned about their commercial crew assignments. Ferguson is the only non-NASA astronaut.

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Dragon's thrusters will be fired to move the spacecraft a safe distance from the station before SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, command its deorbit burn about 5:23 p.m. In 2013 and 2014, Hopkins spent almost six months aboard the ISS, logging almost 13 hours of spacewalks.

Williams has spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station since becoming an astronaut in 1998. If any further delays creep up, NASA's astronauts may be temporarily stranded on Earth.

"Future Commercial Crew astronauts will be riding to space on partner vehicles built by SpaceX & BoeingSpace", NASA said in a tweet.

Mike Hopkins: Hopkins was raised on a farm near Richland, Missouri, and he has a master's in aerospace engineering.

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