NASA Selects Astronauts For First SpaceX Commercial Crew Mission to International Space Station

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NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not include any Russian cosmonauts after Roscosmos officials said they would not fly on what they consider an unproven vehicle. (NASA Image)

(SpaceNews.com) — NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not include any Russian cosmonauts after Roscosmos officials said they would not fly on what they consider an unproven vehicle.

NASA announced March 31 that it had assigned veteran astronaut Shannon Walker to the Crew-1 mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, along with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

They will join NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Vic Glover, who were assigned to the mission in 2018.

When Hopkins and Glover were assigned to the flight, NASA said that the other two seats on the spacecraft would be filled by NASA’s international partners.

That includes not just NASA’s partners on what’s known as the U.S. Operational Segment of the station — Canada, Europe and Japan — but also Russia.

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