Two NASA astronauts will fly to the International Space Station on the fourth-ever industrial crew mission on SpaceX in 2022 — and you’ll observe their adventures on social media in the subsequent yr.
Kjell Lindgren — a possible moonbound astronaut for the Artemis program who spoke with “The Martian” stars from orbit in 2015 — will return to area for his second mission. Joining him will be Bob Hines, a analysis take a look at pilot (very like the famed moonwalker Neil Armstrong) who simply graduated to full astronaut standing final yr after his choice in 2017.
The mission will launch someday in 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the standard launch website: Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Both astronauts usually submit their coaching on social media, so you may watch as they prepare for the huge flight. The astronauts have already talked about their assignments on Twitter. “So Blessed to get to be a part of this crew,” (*2*). Lindgren stated he was excited to be a part of Hines in area and to share the journey to launch, adding, “Let’s go fly!” You can observe Lindgren on Twitter and Instagram, or Hines on Twitter and Instagram.
More crewmembers will be a part of Hines and Lindgren on Crew Dragon — which holds 4 folks at most — after task from worldwide companies, NASA stated in a press release. (The more than likely companies to be a part of them can be from main area station companions Russia, Europe or Japan, as minority accomplice Canada’s subsequent astronaut task is anticipated in 2023.)
Lindgren, the first Taiwanese-born astronaut in area, spent 141 days in area throughout Expeditions 44 and 45, performing dozens of experiments together with public engagement alternatives comparable to celebrating Thanksgiving in orbit and being one in every of the first folks to eat plants grown in space. Lindgren’s mission additionally coincided with the one-year mission by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, which continues to generate helpful analysis about how lengthy stays in area have an effect on the human physique.
Lindgren, who was a flight surgeon for area shuttle and area station missions earlier than he was chosen for astronaut coaching in 2009, has a bachelor’s diploma in biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a grasp’s diploma in cardiovascular physiology from Colorado State University, and a medical diploma from the University of Colorado, NASA stated.
Hines is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and is a graduate of the prestigious Air Force Test Pilot faculty, in accordance to his NASA biography. Before NASA swooped him into astronaut faculty in 2017, he supported navy deployments in a number of nations, served as a take a look at pilot in the Federal Aviation Administration, and flew as a NASA analysis pilot. His bachelor’s diploma is in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama.
Hines posts steadily about flight on Twitter, and was one in every of the astronauts mourning the lack of Chuck Yeager — the pilot who broke the pace of sound — in December, at age 97. “An American legend, a war hero, and great story-teller. He’s … why I joined the Air Force,” Hines tweeted. “I had the honor to meet & talk with him several times. I’ll never forget his stories about the Air Corps’ ‘flesh peddlers!’ We will never see another like him. Godspeed General Yeager!”
SpaceX is the first firm to ship a industrial crew automobile into area, and put its first two crewed flights into orbit in 2020. Boeing, one other firm tasked with taxiing astronauts to orbit, is dealing with continued delays with its Starliner CST-100 spacecraft — however hopes to do a second uncrewed take a look at flight no sooner than April.
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