The International Space Station is a true blessing for mankind. This is the place where scientists are conducting experiments in physics, astronomy biology, human biology, meteorology, as well as in other fields. The ISS program is a joint project made by five space agencies: NASA (United States), ESA (Europe), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), and CSA (Canada).
The space station’s crew will be enhanced even more with two new astronauts. NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and Noguchi Soichi from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will embark for the first operational crewed flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The ship will send them to the International Space Station.
Six months on the International Space Station
The new astronauts will launch from the Kennedy Space Center later this year, and aboard a Crew Dragon on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. NASA explains to us more about the upcoming mission:
Walker will join NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr., as well as Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), for a six-month expedition aboard the unique space laboratory.
This mission will be the first in a series of regular, rotational flights to the station following NASA’s certification of the new crewed system following completion and validation of SpaceX’s test flight with astronauts, known as Demo-2. This test is expected to take place in mid-to-late May as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
The International Space Station (ISS) has been launched over two decades ago, on November 20, 1998. It’s currently floating around Earth, making a full orbit once every 90 minutes. The spacecraft serves as a home for astronauts so that space agencies will understand more about how it is to live and work in space.
On ISS right now there are Drew Morgan from NASA, Luca Parmitano from the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov.