SpaceX Dragon cargo spaceship comes back to earth from ISS

08 August, 2018, 21:33 | Author: Chad Warren
  • Starliner and Crew Dragon

"We're flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during the presentation ceremony at the Johnson Space Center of Houston.

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft came back to Earth on Friday after completion of its mission of supplying cargo to the International Space Station. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and piloted space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-126 mission and Discovery on its final flight, STS-133. Now, we know the names of those launches' first passengers.

The space agency announced on Friday that the nine astronauts will launch on the first crewed test flights and missions of new commercial spacecraft built and operated by The Boeing Company and SpaceX.

The goal is vital for NASA's future space station experiments.

The space agency assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and the mission of both Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon.

Several of the selected astronauts are shuttle program veterans. Ferguson now works for Boeing and is poised to become the first-ever private company astronaut.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is facilitating the development of a US commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. He began his career with the Air Force, and served as a fighter pilot, test pilot and colonel.

"To work and live in space is just a humbling and awesome blessing in and of itself, and now to have the opportunity to work with these great companies on something that is so important to our nation and to NASA", Glover said. "I'm just grateful to be able to usher in this new era of American spaceflight". He is a Navy commander, aviator and test pilot with nearly 3,000 hours flying more than 40 different aircraft.

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Set to command what is scheduled to be NASA's first launch of astronauts from US soil in seven years is Chris Ferguson, a 56-year-old Philly-born space explorer. "We take it seriously".

SpaceX is aiming for its first Crew Dragon demo mission or Demo-1 to take off this November and Demo-2 to fly by next April, and plans to launch it on the back of one of its own Falcon 9 rockets from historic launch complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

On the SpaceX vessel will be astronauts Doug Hurley, Victor Glover, Robert Behnken and Michael Hopkins.

June 30, 2011-NASA's space shuttle has been an icon of the USA space program for the past 30 years.

More astronauts will be announced to join the crews at a later date, Nasa said.

Williams has spent 322 days in space as part of two expeditions: 14/15 and 32/33. No female astronaut has logged more spacewalk time. If all goes as planned, he could make history as the first private citizen to launch to orbit on a commercially operated space craft. "That's going to help all of us understand how to live and work in space".

Top row, left to right: NASA Astronauts Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins; bottom row, left to right: NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

Glover joined the astronaut corps in 2013; he is a U.S. Navy commander and test pilot with nearly 3,000 flight hours logged in more than 40 different aircraft. He is a Navy commander and test pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft.

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