WASHINGTON, February 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – NASA unveils second crew flight of US commercial spacecraft with astronauts to International Space Station with launch of a pair of press conferences 12:30 pm EST Monday, March 1. The preparatory meetings, to be held at the group’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will be live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and on the agency ‘s website. The full crew of astronauts flying on the mission will also be available for interviews.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will carry astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft at the top of a Falcon 9 rocket to the space station. The mission is launched no earlier than April 20th from NASA’s Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center into Florida.
Media participation in these press conferences and interviews will be remote; no media will be taken at any NASA site. To participate in the telephone meetings or to request an interview with crew members, reporters must contact Johnson’s newsroom at 281-483-5111 or [email protected] without hesitation. be longer than 12f, Thursday, February 25th.
Abstracts and participants include (all Eastern times):
12:30 pm – Crew-2 Mission Overview Press Conference with the following participants:
- Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human research and work, NASA Headquarters
- Steve Stich, manager, Crew Trading Program, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
- Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, Johnson
- Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX
- Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station, JAXA
- David Parker, director, Human and Robotic Research, ESA
2f – Crew Press Conference with the following participants:
- Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, spacecraft commander, NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission
- Astronaut Megan McArthur, pilot, NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission
- Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, mission expert, NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission
- Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, mission expert, NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission
3:30 pm – Accurate interview with Robin Crew
- Crew-2 astronauts will be available for a limited number of remote interviews after the press conference.
Shane Kimbrough he is the leader of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Crew-2 mission. Kimbrough is responsible for every stage of flight, from launch to re-entry. He will also be an Expedition 65 flight engineer aboard the station. Elected as a NASA astronaut in 2004, Kimbrough launched aboard the space shuttle Endeavor to visit the station on the STS-126 mission in 2008, then aboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz for Expedition 49/50 in 2008. 2016. He has a total of 189 days in space, and made six spacewalks. Kimbrough is also a retired U.S. Army colonel and earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a master’s degree in operations research from Georgia Institute of Technology into Atlanta.
Megan McArthur is a pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and runner-up for the mission. McArthur is responsible for spacecraft systems and performance. She will also be a member of a long-distance space station crew, making her first trip to the space station. Elected astronaut in 2000, McArthur launched it into space Atlantis as a mission specialist on STS-125, the last service mission of the Hubble Space Telescope, in 2009. McArthur operated the shuttle’s artificial arm over the 12 days, 21 hours she spent in space, grabbing the telescope and her crew members during the five spacewalks required for repair and upgrade. She has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in marine science from University of California, San Diego.
Akihiko Hoshide a mission expert for Crew-2. As a mission specialist, he will work closely with the commander and pilot to monitor the vehicle at dynamic start-up and flight re-entry stages. Once aboard the station, Hoshide will become a flight engineer for Expedition 65. Hoshide joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, currently JAXA) in 1992 and was selected as an astronaut candidate in February 1999. Hoshide is a veteran of two space lights. In June 2008, flew to the International Space Station on mission STS-124 to deliver the Japanese “Kibo” Test Model to the International Space Station. From July to November 2012, stayed on the space station for 124 days as a flight engineer for the Expedition 32/33 mission. The Dragon Crew is the third spaceship Noguchi has flown to the orbiting laboratory.
Thomas Pesquet will also be the mission expert for Crew-2, working with the commander and pilot to monitor the vehicle at dynamic start-up and flight re-entry stages. Pesquet will also be a long-time crew member aboard the space station. He was selected as an astronaut candidate by ESA in May 2009 and worked as a Eurocom, communicating with astronauts during space from the mission control center. He previously flew as part of Expeditions 50 and 51, launched aboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz and spent 196 days in space. Its mission also included two spaceways to maintain the station: one to replace batteries on an electrical channel, and one to repair a cooling leak and service the robotic arm.
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