NASA has unveiled the names of the astronauts that will fly the first commercial space taxi come next year. The 9 astronauts which consist of 7 men and 2 women will be the first people in history to ride into orbit in a private space taxi.
The list includes three astronauts responsible for Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, skilled Naval and Air Force pilots, and the first person to ever run a marathon in space. The journey with be the first of its kind in history. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday;
For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil
Below are their names;
Eric Boe: He is a US Air Force fighter pilot Colonel, selected for astronaut candidacy in July 2000. Eric was assigned to technical duties after two years of training. His first trip as a pilot was aboard the Endeavour in 2008.
Nicole Mann: She is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who completed her astronaut candidate training in July 2015. She also holds a mechanical engineering degree from Stanford University in 2001.
Chris Ferguson: He is retired US Navy Captain and currently directs the Crew and Mission Operations for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program. Fergusion retired in 2011 and was the last person to serve as a commander for the NASA space shuttle program.
Suni Williams: She is a US Navy Officer and astronaut who held the record for total number of spacewalks conducted by a woman (7 walks). She also holds the record of the most spacewalk time for a female (50 hours, 40 minutes) during her time on the International Space Station. She is 52-year-old, a descanted of Indo-Slovenian and was born in Ohio. Suni made headlines in 2007 when she became the first person to run a full marathon in space.
Josh Cassada: He is a physicist by training and an astronaut graduate from the class of 2013. He served as co-founder and CTO of Quantum Opus a company in Michigan known for making superconducting instruments.
Doug Hurley: The native of New York is a United States Marine who joined NASA in 2000 to become an astronaut. He piloted the space shuttle Endeavor for STS-127 and also piloted the space shuttle Atlantist for STS-135 for its final space shuttle mission.
Bob Behnken: He is an astronaut, an Air Force Officer and former Chief of the Astronaut Office for NASA. He holds a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. He’s logged over 1,000 flight hours in 25 different types of aircraft. He collected over 378 hours of space time and 19 hours of spacewalk time while working for NASA.
Mike Hopkins: Served as a colonel in the Air Force in addition to being an astronaut. He’s spent 166 days aboard the ISS and worked on Expeditions 37 and 38. He’s also done two spacewalks since being selected for the astronaut program in 2009.
Victor Glover: A native of California, Victor is a Naval aviator and Navy commander. As a test pilot, he’s logged over 3,000 flying hours in over 40 types of aircraft. He’s also flown in 24 combat missions and 400 carrier landings. This historic commercial flight with SpaceX will be Glover’s first spaceflight.