SpaceX Set To Launch Astronauts In Spring 2021 Mission

NASA SpaceX Demo-2 astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will return to Earth on August 1

If the second uncrewed test flight goes well, then NASA will permit three astronauts to board Starliner for a round trip to the International Space Station (ISS).

By taking four astronauts into space during the Crew-2 mission, the number of staff available on the ISS will increase to seven. 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.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.

The group, all veterans of past ISS missions, will incorporate Akihiko Hoshide with Japan's JAXA space organization, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur - who two months prior watched her husband Robert Behnken co-pilot the first-ever crewed flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule. 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.


The online video is timed just forward of the scheduled return of the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission. He first launched aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a visit to the station in 2008 and again aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for Expedition 49/50 in 2016.

All members of this crew have previously spent time in space, but this will be McArthurs' first trip to the International Space Station.

The successful flight marked the first commercial vehicle that carried a human crew into orbit and the first crewed launch that took place in America since the Space Shuttle Program was retired nearly a decade ago, forcing NASA to pay expensive fees for seats aboard flights operated by Rocosmos in the meantime. In total, the retired Army colonel has spent 189 days in space and conducted six spacewalks.

The mission, carried out aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, was the second of three mission to deliver the Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) to the ISS.

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