Regular Missions to the Space Station Begin This Fall
“This is another milestone,” said Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s Administrator. “A critical milestone in the development of our ability to launch American astronauts, on American rockets from American soil, now sustainably. So these are very exciting times.”
Slated early morning on Saturday, Oct. 31, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, four astonauts will suit up and soar into space on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft named Resilience.
“2020 has certainly been a challenging year,” said Astronaut Mike Hopkins, commander of the Crew Dragon and the Crew-1 mission. “The name Resilience is really in honor of the SpaceX and the NASA teams and quite frankly it’s in honor of our families, of our colleagues, of our fellow citizens of our international partners and our leaders that have all shown that same quality, that same characteristics through these difficult times.”
The crew said it’s an opportunity unlike anything they’ve been a part of before.
“To be able to live on the Space Station for 6 months and during that time to be there for the 20th anniversary of human presence on that station, and to potentially launch on the 20th anniversary of the launch of Expedition 1, it’s just special,” said Astronaut Victor Glover, who will be on his first spaceflight as pilot of the Crew Dragon.
Shannon Walker, who has been a NASA Astronaut since 2004, will be heading back to the Space Station as mission specialist for Crew-1. “Since I’ve spent six months on the Space Station before, I am really looking forward to going back there and doing the science and the research that needs to be done.”
According to NASA, the Crew-1 astronauts will spend their time aboard the International Space Station conducting new and exciting scientific research in areas, such as botany, cancer research, and technology including a Space Toilet.
“We get to maximize the utility of microgravity for research and ultimately we are focusing our research for a day when that research becomes applied,” Bridenstine said.
This team will pave the way for future missions with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program with investigations to benefit us here on Earth and to provide a foundation for further exploration of the Moon and Mars in years to come.
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“We hope that it provides something positive to your lives,” Hopkins said. “And frankly we hope that it’s an inspiration that shows when you work together there is no limit to what you can achieve.”