LifestyleNASA Announces Astronauts for Exciting SpaceX Crew-9 Mission to the ISS

NASA Announces Astronauts for Exciting SpaceX Crew-9 Mission to the ISS

four smiling⁤ people in blue flight suits stand in front of a dark ‍gray-brown background.

Meet the Crew of ⁢SpaceX’s Upcoming ​Crew-9 Mission
(Image credit: NASA)

NASA has⁢ named the four astronauts who will fly to ​the International ‍Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew-9 mission this summer.

The Crew-9 quartet ⁤consists of cosmonaut‌ Aleksandr ​Gorbunov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos ⁣and three NASA astronauts: Zena Cardman, Nick Hague and Stephanie Wilson, NASA revealed in an announcement on Wednesday afternoon (Jan.⁤ 31).

Cardman will command the mission, Hague⁢ will ⁤be its pilot and Wilson and Gorbunov​ will serve as mission specialists.

Crew-9 will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon ⁣9 rocket from Florida’s Space Coast no earlier than‍ this August. A final⁤ target date has not yet been⁤ announced.

Related: International Space Station⁤ — Everything ​you need ‌to know

Crew-9 will be the first ⁢spaceflight for⁣ both Cardman and Gorbunov, who were selected by their​ nations’‍ space agencies in 2017‍ and 2018, respectively.

Hague⁢ has two space missions‍ under his belt, including‍ a long-term trip to the International Space Station ⁢(ISS) in ‍2019. That flight lifted off about five months after ​an aborted ISS launch, during which a rocket problem forced the Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Hague ⁣and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to⁢ make an⁣ emergency landing. (Both ‍were‌ unhurt.) Hague has spent a total⁣ of​ 203 days in space.

Wilson⁤ has‍ racked up a total of ‌42​ days off Earth across three orbital missions, all of⁣ which flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The most recent of those three flights, STS-131, launched in April 2010.

As its name suggests, Crew-9 will be the ⁤ninth⁤ operational‍ astronaut ⁣mission‌ that SpaceX flies to the ISS for NASA using the company’s⁣ Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule.

It‍ will overlap briefly with Crew-8, whose four astronauts ‌are ⁣scheduled to launch toward the orbiting lab no earlier than Feb. ‌22.

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Michael⁣ Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. He‌ primarily covers exoplanets,​ spaceflight ‍and military⁢ space, but ⁢has been known to ‌dabble in the ​space art⁣ beat. His book​ about the search for alien‍ life, “Out There,” was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, ​Michael worked as a herpetologist and⁤ wildlife ⁤biologist. He ​has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from ‍the University of Sydney, ⁢Australia, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate ⁢certificate ⁣in science writing from ⁢the University of California,
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