NASA announces astronauts for SpaceX CREW-2 manned mission to the ISS

Pablo Tucker
July 29, 2020

SpaceX's Crew Dragon, the primary spacecraft made within NASA's Commercial Crew app to really carry astronauts in space, is still connected to the International Space Station now, but that is not stopping the space agency from preparing its own prospective Crew Dragon paths. It denoted the first time in history that a commercial vehicle conveyed people into space and the first manned launch from United States soil since NASA's Space Shuttle retired in 2011.

NASA astronauts Megan McCarthur 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.

The increase of the full space station crew complement to seven members - over the previous six - will allow NASA to effectively double the amount of science that can be conducted in space. If everything goes according to plan, NASA will award an official certification for the Crew Dragon Capsule, paving the way for a new and more complex mission towards the ISS that should be launched before the end of September.

In 2014, NASA admitted two settled-value records: $4.2 billion for Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX, which wanted to plan a group commendable form of the Dragon case that had just been flying payload to and from the International Space Station.

Behnken and Hurley will return to Earth in aboard the Crew Dragon during the weekend.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will join Pesquet on the Alpha mission, along with Akihiko Hoshide from Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency.

As mentioned, Dragon is set to come back from the ISS on August 1, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean with astronauts on board on August 2, provided weather and everything else cooperates.

There are now two potential Crew Dragon missions intended, one for after this year and the moment for ancient 2021.

She previously flew in the space shuttle Atlantis on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. The Crew 2 will be Robert's third trip to the infinite space, while it will only be Megan's second.

He has spent a total of 189 days in space, and performed six spacewalks. He was launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and has spent 196 days in space.

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