These Are the Names of the SpaceX and Boeing Astronauts

These Are the Names of the SpaceX and Boeing Astronauts

The first US astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station, waving after being announced, (left to right) Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Chris Ferguson, Eric Boe, Josh Cassada, and Suni Williamson at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on August 3.

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.

"Both contractors have said that their schedules are aggressive and they set ambitious-rather than realistic-dates, only to frequently delay them", says Cristina Chaplain, the GAO director who provides oversight for NASA, including the Commercial Crew program.

They will mark the first astronaut launches from U.S. soil since the 2011 retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet. The competition asked private spaceflight companies to develop new astronaut-ready spacecraft - and Boeing and SpaceX emerged as top winners. According to him, this announcement advances the great American Vision and strengthens America's leadership in space.

The eight active NASA astronauts and one former astronaut-turned-corporate crew member will launch on Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragoncapsules to the International Space Station beginning in 2019.

"This is a big deal for our country and we want America to know that we are back, that we are flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", Bridenstine said in Houston.

NASA also revealed that the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft "packed with science and hardware" will return to Earth on Friday from the International Space Station.

"Once you get into the spacecraft, you're on your way, you've got a mission, you're focused, and it's really exciting", she said. Other astronauts that will join are Robert Behnken, 48, and Douglas Hurley, 51, as SpaceX's first Dragon crew.

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

Victor Glover, 42, and Michael Hopkins, 49, will launch on the premier operational mission of SpaceX's crewed Dragon. The race to get astronauts to the space station first is real; a USA flag that flew on the first space shuttle flight in 1981 and the last shuttle flight in 2011, awaits the victor.

Only seven astronauts in history have been the first to fly on a brand-new US spacecraft. Both companies had meant to conduct crewed test flights this year, but those are now scheduled for 2019.

He will be joined by veteran astronaut Suni Williams, who has spent more than 50 hours on spacewalks and ran the first marathon in space on board the ISS in 2007.

On Friday, NASA, along with commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, named the first commercial crew astronauts selected to fly aboard commercial spacecraft.

While NASA didn't require uncrewed flight tests, both companies will be shooting them off to the ISS anyway, because you can never be too positive things won't glitch once you're 1,200 miles beyond Earth's atmosphere. "I'll tell you, being able to launch to the International Space Station from USA soil, I can't imagine better", Cassada said. They were two of the four astronauts selected by NASA in July 2015 to be trained to fly commercial crew missions.

SpaceX has also faced its own problems, particularly with its Falcon 9 rocket that will power the Dragon into space.

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