SpaceX and NASA prepares for next ISS launch! European astronauts to be a part of Crew Dragon 2

NASA launches for Crew Dragon-2 in 2021 as Europe is ready to ride the dragon

NASA already announced a new batch of astronauts which will be traveling to International Space Station as part of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon 2. This is going to be the successor mission of the “Launch America” event of 2020 when 4 European Astronauts launch for the ISS in 2021 onboard the Crew Dragon Demo-2.

The astronauts are a mix of astronauts from NASA and the space agency’s international partners. They include Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, who will also serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will also be accompanying them.

SpaceX and NASA have a bigger mission ahead in 2021

Around 4 Crew 2 astronauts will be out on the mission in 2021 for a duration of 6 months and they will be sharing the International Space Station with around 3 other astronauts who will be on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

There will 7 members onboard which is going to be a drastic increase over the number of current occupants. The space station already has six sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree view bay window and can accommodate around 10 members at one time. A minimum of three crew members has to be constantly present on the ISS to ensure it is working.

Space missions will become a family affair with the launch of McArthur who is married to Demo-2 astronauts Behnken. She has gone to space twice but has made only one trip to the space station in 2004 and was part of the last Hubble telescope servicing mission in 2009 where she spent 12 days and 21 hours in space.

SpaceX’s Dragon is the world’s first commercial spacecraft to transport humans and can carry up to seven passengers. Its diameters are 8 by 4 meters, and it is able to carry a maximum load of 6,000 kilograms.

Currently, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley are on the ISS as part of the first experimental crew mission, SpaceX Demo-2. They are set to return to Earth on 2 August.

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