NASA announces SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts

The members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission from left are astronauts Megan McArthur, Shane Kimbrough, Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet.

The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts will head to the ISS in spring of 2021.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 3:31 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — NASA announces four astronauts will crew a second SpaceX mission to the International Space Station in spring of 2021.

The crew are all veterans of a previous ISS mission.

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The astronauts are Akihiko Hoshide with Japan’s JAXA space agency, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA.

The four astronauts would bring the number of people on the ISS to seven in the spring.

According to NASA, this will effectively double the amount of science that can be conducted in space.

There are currently five people on board the ISS which include NASA’s Chris Cassidy, Douglas Hurley, and Behnken along with Russian astronauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley arrived at the space station in May.

Their journey marked the first time in history astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft.

They are expected to return to Earth August 2 and the launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is set for late September.

The Crew-2 astronauts will stay on the space station for about six months as expedition crew members.

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