NASA names two astronauts announced Which will be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) by the fourth operational flight of the Cru Dragon SpaceX capsule.
Two NASA astronauts named “Kijel Ann. Lindgren and Bob Heinz will serve as spacecraft commanders and pilots, respectively. The mission, called “Crew-4” in 2022, will take these astronauts to the International Space Station.
The mission launches the Gro Dragon capsule with the Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s 39A Launch Complex at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, taking astronauts to the ISS.
In addition to this mission, Lindgren is a member of the Artemis project team. During this project, humans set foot on the moon again. The astronaut went to the International Space Station in 2015. Before becoming an astronaut, Lindgren worked in medicine and was a flight surgeon.
Despite Lindgren’s vast experience, Heinz will travel into space for the first time. Prior to becoming an astronaut, Heinz served as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force and holds a degree in aerospace engineering.
The first Cru Dragon capsule mission took place late last year, and four astronauts, including three NASA astronauts and a Japan Space Agency (JAXA) astronaut, arrived on the International Space Station on a Crew-1 mission.
In April of this year, the second operational mission of the Crow Dragon capsule will be completed, and two NASA astronauts, a JAXA astronaut and a European Space Agency astronaut will be sent to the ISS. We have to wait for the “Crew-3” mission in September 2021, although the astronauts present in this mission have not been announced yet.
The progress of SpaceX and the success of the Crew-1 mission lead to continuous travel between Earth and the International Space Station. Unlike in the past, NASA is no longer dependent on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to send its astronauts to the ISS, so space travel costs for the space agency will be significantly reduced.