After discussions with worldwide partners, NASA has selected four astronauts who will be a part of a SpaceX mission to the global Space Station in 2021, with the crew being brought to the station via a capsule made and operated by SpaceX. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are established to arrive again to Earth, leaving the International Place Station on August 1 and splashing down in the Atlantic on August 2.
NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough will join JAXA's Akihiko Hoshide and ESA's Thomas Pesquet on that flight, which will follow Crew-1, now scheduled for sometime in late September after Demo-2 concludes. He has spent a total of 189 days in space, and performed six spacewalks. Also, that will make ready for a Crew Dragon case to be propelled on its first completely operational strategic, the space station, Crew-1, which is scheduled for late September.More news: Blue Jays manager says weekend series against Phillies is postponed
Putting four astronauts on SpaceX's spring 2021 mission, dubbed Crew-2, will bring the quantity of individuals staffing the ISS to seven, permitting "NASA to effectively double the amount of science that can be conducted in space", the office said Tuesday.
Robert and Megan will join the crew as as spacecraft commander and pilot respectively, with Akihiko and Thomas fulfilling the role of mission specialists. It denoted the first time in history that a commercial vehicle conveyed people into space and the first manned launch from U.S. soil since NASA's Space Shuttle retired in 2011.More news: Yet another jump in Kane County COVID-19 cases on Wednesday
Behnken and Hurley will return to Earth in aboard the Crew Dragon during the weekend.
The four Crew-2 astronauts have a mission duration of around six months and will be sharing the space station with three other astronauts who will be launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Furthermore, in light of the fact that SpaceX will be allowed to sell additional seats onboard its rocket, NASA space explorers may one day end up offering a ride to travelers, corporate researchers, and even celebrities.More news: IATA says air traffic will not recover till 2024
The station is a critical testbed for NASA to understand and overcome the challenges of long-duration spaceflight. Lately, their focus has largely been on developing Starlink, a satellite constellation to provide satellite internet access to all parts of the globe.