National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA), along with its international partners in space exploration and research, has released the list of the astronauts that will join the Crew-2 mission, the partnership between the space agency and SpaceX under the government agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
Astronauts will continue to launch to space from U.S. soil!— NASA (@NASA) July 28, 2020
Today, we named crew members to @SpaceX's 2nd operational Crew Dragon flight:
🚀 Megan McArthur of @NASA_Astronauts
🚀 @Aki_Hoshide of @JAXA_en
🚀 @Thom_astro of @ESA
Info: https://t.co/DsBanB0l0o pic.twitter.com/sVOd77ERoj
With its targeted launch in the spring of 2021, the Crew-2 mission, SpaceX Dragon’s second flight, will be led by two astronauts from NASA – Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur. They will serve as commander and pilot of the craft respectively.
Texas-born Kimbrough, the mission’s commander, is a retired U.S. Army colonel. He finished his baccalaureate in aerospace engineering at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He also has a master’s degree in operations research. Kimbrough had done six spacewalks before and this trip will be his third.
McArthur, who will serve as Kimbrough’s second-in-command, will make this her second trip to space.
The mission will be Hoshide’s third trip to space, with his latest being on board a Russian Soyuz craft. European Pesquet was a member of the Expeditions 50 and 51.
The NASA Commercial Crew Program is aiming to collaborate with private firms in the aerospace industry with the intent of having them develop technology in creating spacecraft, launch systems, and all, to be used for sending astronauts to space.