Following a successful launch on the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history, an international crew of astronauts (NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission) is en route to the International Space Station, NASA's press service reports.
NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will soon begin a six-month science mission aboard the space station.
“NASA is delivering on its commitment to the American people and our international partners to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective missions to the International Space Station using the American private industry. This is an important mission for NASA, SpaceX, and our partners at JAXA, and we look forward to watching this crew arrive at the station to carry on our partnership for all of humanity," said Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator.
As we reported earlier, on November 13, the State Space Agency of Ukraine signed the NASA Artemis Agreement on the Principles of Cooperation in Civil Exploration and the Use of the Moon, Mars, comets, and asteroids for peaceful purposes.