NASA has confirmed that the next group of four astronauts to travel aboard SpaceX ‘s Crew Dragon capsule is close to completing their training for the International Space Station (ISS) next month.
NASA astronauts Nicole Mann, Koichi Wakata, and Josh Cassada from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Anna Kikina from the Russian space agency Roscosmos from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space in Florida, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will be launched into space.
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The mission’s first launch window is September 29, and this will be SpaceX’s fifth crew rotation mission of the manned space transportation system and the sixth astronaut flight to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Kikina will be the first Russian to fly aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, as the country’s space travelers often travel between Earth and the station using its own Soyuz spacecraft. Training for the upcoming mission took place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, while training for Crew Dragon’s flights to and from the station took place at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
The four space travelers received training on behalf of spacewalks , which would be undertaken to develop the International Space Station and maintain existing equipment, as well as dealing with space station systems . Russian language lessons for the three non-Russian crew members were also part of the training package.