NASA has finally selected two astronauts for its sixth full-fledged crew mission. It will be launched by SpaceX aboard the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).
The selected astronauts are Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg. They have received the required permission for the mission which will launch in 2023 on a Falcon 9 rocket.
Stephen Bowen will be in the role of spacecraft commander while Woody Hoburg will be its pilot. Two more astronauts will be assigned the role of mission specialists in near future by international partners, said NASA.
For Bowen, this will be his fourth trip to space. Crew-6 mission will be his first long-duration visit to the ISS.
Not only this, Bowen was the first submarine officer to be selected as an astronaut by NASA in July 2000.
Furthermore, Hoburg was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2017; this will be his first trip to space.
He is a commercial pilot with instrument, single-engine, and multi-engine ratings, as per NASA. He is one of NASA’s 18 ‘Artemis team’ astronauts.
SpaceX and NASA have been involved in transporting the astronauts to space. Aboard the ISS, these astronauts conduct their research.
It will also help in understanding the space atmosphere for human existence, if possible.
Commercial companies like SpaceX take the load off of transportation services to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), that allows NASA to focus on building and designing missions for deep space exploration.