All members of this crew have previously spent time in space, but this will be McArthurs' first trip to the International Space Station.
The astronauts are NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan's Akihiko Hoshide and the European Space Agency's Thomas Pesquet. SpaceX shared an within seem at the spacesuit layout in a video released Monday that features some insight into 1 of the most obvious parts of the Crew Dragon mission.
The group, all veterans of past ISS missions, will incorporate Akihiko Hoshide with Japan's JAXA space organization, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur - who two months prior watched her husband Robert Behnken co-pilot the first-ever crewed flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule. Two are Russian astronauts, while the other three are NASA astronauts.
As mentioned, Dragon is set to come back from the ISS on August 1, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean with astronauts on board on August 2, provided weather and everything else cooperates.
The Crew Dragon-2 mission is expected to launch with the selected astronauts in 2021. A minimum of three crew members have to be constantly present on the ISS to ensure it is working. He first launched aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a visit to the station on the STS-126 mission in 2008, then aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for Expedition 49/50 in 2016.
She previously flew in the space shuttle Atlantis on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. He has spent a total of 189 days in space, and performed six spacewalks.
In the new video, SpaceX lets us peer into why they decided on the DIY route - in addition to how their unique and futuristic spacesuits were created to match the look and functions of the Dragon spacecraft.
NASA and SpaceX are looking to finish up the final demonstration mission of SpaceX's Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft at the end of this week, but it's already looking ahead to Crew-2 - the second operational flight of Crew Dragon, now set for sometime next spring. "It will be extra interesting for me to compare with my first flight as a Soyuz pilot, and to bring this experience to the team".