The first time astronaut Kaya Barron is called the last crew of the SpaceX NASA crew, who will fly to the ISS
NASA has officially named the first astronaut Kayla Barron as the fourth and final member of the upcoming SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), which will launch in mid-October.
Barron, 33, who entered the astronaut candidate school in 2017, will join other NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn in flight.
The three NASA astronauts will go to the floating space laboratory next to Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Both Barron and Maurer will serve as mission specialists, while Chari and Mashburn will be commander and pilot respectively.
Kayla Barron becomes a Mission Specialist on the SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station
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In a post on Instagram, Barron said she was “honored and excited” to join the team, adding that she couldn’t “ask for a better team or an unbelievable adventure.”
Barron was born in Pocatello, Idaho, but considers Richland, Washington her hometown.
Before becoming an astronaut, she received a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the US Naval Academy and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Cambridge.
She also obtained the qualification of a submarine officer and was deployed three times on the USS Maine.
Barron, 33, had previously obtained a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Cambridge University
This will be the first space flight for Barron, Chari and Maurer, but the third for Marshburn.
Marshburn “ previously served as a crew member of the space shuttle STS-127 mission in 2009 and Expedition 34/35 aboard the space station, which ended in 2013, ” NASA said in a statement. statement.
The four astronauts will join the expedition crewmembers in the orbit lab on October 23 with a target launch for a six-month mission.
Chari, Marshburn and Maurer were all previously named after the mission in December 2020.
Chari will go to space for the first time next year, just three years after becoming a NASA astronaut.
He was born in Milwaukee, but considers Cedar Falls, Iowa, his hometown.
NASA’s Raja Chari (pictured) will serve as the commander of the six-month mission. He was previously a colonel in the United States Air Force
Before becoming an astronaut, Chari served as a colonel in the United States Air Force, completing more than 2,500 hours of light during his career.
The chairman was also chosen to join the Artemis team and could fly to the moon in 2024.
Marshburn was born in Statesville, North Carolina and became a NASA astronaut in 2004.
But before joining the US space agency, Marshburn served as a flight surgeon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Marshburn was born in Statesville, North Carolina and became a NASA astronaut in 2004. But before joining the US space agency, Marshburn served as a flight surgeon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
He was also the medical operations leader for the International Space Station, making the mission his third visit to the station in 2021 and its second long-term mission.
Marshburn previously served as a crew member of STS-127 in 2009 and Expedition 34/35, which closed in 2013.
ESA astronaut Mauer is from Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany, and will also travel to space for the first time with the Crew-3 mission.
Prior to a career as an astronaut, Maurer held a number of technical and research positions, both in a university setting and at ESA.
ESA astronaut Mauer is from Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany, and will also travel to space for the first time with the Crew-3 mission. Prior to a career as an astronaut, Maurer held a number of technical and research positions, both in a university setting and at ESA.
SpaceX Crew-3 follows two previous successful missions to the ISS, the most crucial being Demo-2 that pioneered their predecessors. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (right) and Doug Hurley (left) took off from Kennedy Space on May 30
In 2016, Maurer spent 16 days on an undersea mission as part of NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, space analog.
SpaceX Crew-3 follows two previous successful missions to the ISS, the most crucial being Demo-2 that pioneered their predecessors.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took off from Kennedy Space on May 30, 2020 – the first time in nearly a decade that a US rocket took off from US soil to the ISS.
The goal of NASA’s commercial crew program is to work with the U.S. aerospace industry to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective crew access to the space station and low Earth orbit.
NASA and SpaceX are contracted to perform a total of six crew missions to the ISS using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 missile and Crew Dragon capsule.
EXPLAINED: THE $ 100 BILLION INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SITS 250 MILES ABOVE THE EARTH
The International Space Station is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting the Earth.
It has been permanently manned since November 2000 by changing crews of astronauts and cosmonauts.
Research on board the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.
ISS studies have explored human research, aerospace medicine, life sciences, natural sciences, astronomy and meteorology.
The US space agency Nasa spends about $ 3 billion (£ 2.4 billion) per year on the space station program, a level of funding endorsed by the Trump administration and Congress.
A US House of Representatives committee overseeing NASA has begun to explore whether the program should be extended beyond 2024.
Alternatively, the money could be used to accelerate planned human space initiatives to the Moon and Mars.