NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins , Victor Glover , and Shannon Walker , with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi , will participate in the first media event after their mission and splashdown.
It will be a virtual event with no media presence, due to security restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Journalists wishing to participate by phone should call the NASA Johnson Space Center press room at Houston at 281-483-5111 at RSVP no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5th . People following the briefing on social media can ask questions using the hashtag #AskNASA.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, named Resilience, carrying Hopkins, Glover, Walker and Noguchi, swooped down on 2 h 56 Le 2 mai under the parachutes in the Gulf of Mexico , off Panama City, Floride , and was successfully recovered by SpaceX. After returning to earth, the astronauts immediately returned to Houston , where they were welcomed by their families and colleagues.
The successful launch of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-1 in November 2020 was the first flight of a NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history. Crew-1 is the first of six crewed missions that NASA and SpaceX will fly as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which has worked with the U.S. aerospace industry to return launches with astronauts on rockets. and American spacecraft from American soil.
Crew 1 astronauts worked on a number of experiments as part of Expedition 64 and Expedition 65 at the International Space Station, including fabric chips that mimic the structure and function of human organs to understand the role of microgravity on human health and disease, and translate these findings to improve human health on Earth. Astronauts also grew radishes in different types of light and soil as part of the ongoing efforts to grow food in space, and tested a new system to remove heat from space suits.
Michael Hopkins was the commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-1 mission. He was responsible for all phases of the flight, from launch to re-entry. Selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009, Hopkins has now spent a total of 335 days in space during two space flights. He flew three spacewalks during this mission for a total of five in his career totaling 32 hours and 1 minute. Born in Lebanon, Missouri , Hopkins grew up on a farm outside Richland, Missouri . He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois , and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University . Prior to joining NASA, Hopkins was a flight test engineer in the US Air Force.
Victor Glover was the pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and second in command of the mission. Glover was responsible for the systems and performance of the spacecraft. Selected as an astronaut in 2013, this was his first space flight, during which he completed four spacewalks totaling 26 hours and 7 minutes. the California native has a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering, and a Master of Military Operational Art and Field Science Air University , as well as a Master of Science in systems engineering of the Naval college . Glover is a naval aviator and has been a test pilot aboard the F / A – 18 Hornet, Super Hornet and EA – 18G Growler aircraft.
Shannon Walker was a mission specialist for Crew-1. As a mission specialist, she worked closely with the commander and pilot to monitor the spacecraft during the dynamic launch and return phases of flight. She was also responsible for tracking lead times, telemetry and consumables during the mission. Selected as a NASA astronaut in 2004, this was her second spaceflight, bringing her total time in space to 331 days. Walker first flew to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft as a co-pilot, and spent 161 days aboard the orbiting laboratory. A Houston A native, Walker received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Rice University , as well as a Master of Science and a PhD in Space Physics, both from Rice University , in 1992 and 1993, respectively.
Soichi Noguchi was also a Mission Specialist for Crew-1, working with the commander and pilot to monitor the spacecraft during the dynamic launch and reentry phases of flight, and monitoring delays, telemetry, and consumables. Noguchi was selected as an astronaut candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, currently JAXA) in May 1996 . Noguchi is now a veteran of three space flights and has spent a total of 345 days in space. During STS-114 in 2005, he became the first Japanese astronaut to perform a spacewalk outside the space station. He completed a total of four spacewalks, accumulating 27 hours and 1 minute of walking in space. Noguchi embarked on a Soyuz spacecraft in 2009, returning to the station as a long-term crew member. The Crew Dragon is the third spacecraft that Noguchi has flown to the orbiting lab.
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