All members of this crew have previously spent time in space, but this will be McArthurs' first trip to the International Space Station.
After discussions with global partners, NASA has selected four astronauts who will be a part of a SpaceX mission to the worldwide Space Station in 2021, with the crew being brought to the station via a capsule made and operated by SpaceX. It denoted the first time in history that a commercial vehicle conveyed people into space and the first manned launch from U.S. soil since NASA's Space Shuttle retired in 2011.
Two of the Crew-2 astronauts - Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet - are from NASA's global partners.
The growth of the space station crew within the six - enables NASA to double. On the other hand, SpaceX, a key player in the private space industry truly believes that the Dragon can take not only astronauts, but also private passengers to Earth Orbit, ISS, or beyond.
There are now two potential Crew Dragon missions intended, one for after this year and the moment for ancient 2021. Also, that will make ready for a Crew Dragon case to be propelled on its first completely operational strategic, the space station, Crew-1, which is scheduled for late September.
The assignment, which is slated to start in the spring of 2021, will enjoy NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur in addition to Akihiko Hoshide of the space program JAXA and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Behnken and Hurley are relied upon to get back from the ISS when this end of the week and their sheltered return could concede the Crew Dragon vehicle official accreditation as a human-commendable rocket.
NASA has announced names for the four astronauts who will create history when they board the Crew Dragon spacecraft for SpaceX's Crew 2 mission.
She previously flew in the space shuttle Atlantis on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. McArthur will serve as the pilot on the flight - her first trip to the space station.
He first launched aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a visit to the station on the STS-126 mission in 2008, then aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for Expedition 49/50 in 2016. In total, the retired Army colonel has spent 189 days in space and conducted six spacewalks.