NASA Updates Astronaut Assignments for Boeing Starliner Test Flight

NASA Updates Astronaut Assignments for Boeing Starliner Test Flight

NASA will fly two astronaut test pilots aboard the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission to the International Space Station, where they will live and work off the Earth for about two weeks. CFT commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore, whom NASA assigned to the prime crew in October 2020, will join NASA astronaut Suni Williams, who will […]

NASA, ESA Astronauts Safely Return to Earth

NASA, ESA Astronauts Safely Return to Earth

From left to right, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthais Maurer, NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron, are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft onboard the SpaceX Shannon recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, Friday, May 6, 2022. Maurer, […]

Record-Setting NASA Astronaut, Mark Vande Hei, and Crewmates Return from ISS

Record-Setting NASA Astronaut, Mark Vande Hei, and Crewmates Return from ISS

  After extending the record for the longest single spaceflight in history by an American to 355 days, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei returned to Earth on Wednesday, March 30, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov. The trio departed the International Space Station at 3:21 a.m. EDT and made a safe, parachute-assisted landing at […]

NASA, ESA Assign Astronauts to Space Station Mission on Crew Dragon

NASA, ESA Assign Astronauts to Space Station Mission on Crew Dragon

NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have selected two astronauts to launch on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively, for the mission. Two mission specialists will be announced later, following review by NASA and its international partners. The mission […]

Turning astronaut waste into fuel on Mars

Turning astronaut waste into fuel on Mars

To survive on Mars will mean maximising use of all available resources. A team from Spanish technological centre Tekniker is working on a system that uses sunlight to produce fuel from astronaut wastewater. Borja Pozo from Tekniker explains: “We aim to make the first reactor to produce space propellant on Mars using the planet’s air, which is 95% carbon […]

ESA Receives 22,523 Astronaut Applications from Member States

ESA Receives 22,523 Astronaut Applications from Member States

The final figures are in and the number of people who applied to ESA’s 2021-22 astronaut vacancy has been broken down by Member and Cooperating States. Of the 22 523 valid astronaut applications received by ESA, the largest number came from France (7087) followed by Germany (3695) and the United Kingdom (2000). The astronaut with […]

NASA Selects New Astronaut Recruits to Train for Future Missions

NASA Selects New Astronaut Recruits to Train for Future Missions

The 10 candidates, pictured above at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston are: U.S. Air Force Maj. Nichole Ayers, Christopher Williams, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. (retired.) Luke Delaney, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Wittner, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Anil Menon, U.S. Air Force Maj. Marcos Berríos, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jack Hathaway, Christina Birch, U.S. […]