NASA names astronauts to fly new SpaceX and Boeing spaceships

CNET | 8/3/2018 | Eric Mack
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NASA assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon. The astronauts are, from left to right: Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover.

NASA named nine astronauts who will be on the first space flights launched from US soil since the shuttle program ended in 2011.

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The astronauts will fly on two new spacecraft, the Starliner and Crew Dragon, which are being developed by Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX, respectively, as part of NASA's commercial crew program. Since the last shuttle flight, NASA has relied on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to carry its astronauts to the International Space Station.

On Friday, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine introduced the nine astronauts, who will fly on the first four crewed missions using the new craft. He made the introductions in a crowded auditorium at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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The crew of the Boeing Starliner's first test flight will be NASA astronaut Eric Boe, a retired Air Force colonel who flew on two space shuttle missions; Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson, a former Navy captain and NASA astronaut who flew three shuttle missions, including the final mission in 2011; and NASA astronaut Nicole Mann who will make her first spaceflight after a career as a Marine corps lieutenant colonel, fighter pilot and test pilot.

"As a test pilot it doesn't get any better than this," Mann told the audience, when asked about being the first to fly a new spacecraft.

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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will crew the SpaceX Crew Dragon test flight. Behnken is a retired Air Force pilot with two shuttle flights and...
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