Michael S. Hopkins, 52, a colonel in the US Area Pressure, is the commander for the flight. (Colonel Hopkins can be the primary member of the newly created U.S. Area Pressure to go to area.) He was one in all 9 astronauts chosen by NASA in 2009. He has made one earlier journey to the Worldwide Area Station, in 2013-14, spending 166 days in orbit.
Soichi Noguchi, 56, an astronaut with JAXA, the Japanese area company, is finishing his third journey to area. He was a member of the crew of the area shuttle Discovery in 2005, on the primary shuttle launch after the lack of Columbia and its seven astronauts greater than two years earlier.
Throughout that go to to the Worldwide Area Station, Mr. Noguchi made three spacewalks. That included one to check strategies developed to restore injury to the warmth tiles on the shuttle just like what had doomed Columbia when it re-entered Earth’s environment. In 2009-10, he spent 5 months in orbit as a member of the area station crew.
Shannon Walker, 55, has had one earlier stint on the area station, in 2010. Dr. Walker has a doctoral diploma in area physics from Rice College, the place she studied how the photo voltaic wind interacted with the environment of Venus.
What have the astronauts been doing aboard the area station?
The area station has been a bit extra crowded than typical since one other SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, Endeavour, docked on Saturday, April 24. That introduced the station’s crew tally to 11, the biggest variety of astronauts on board because the area shuttles stopped flying (the file for many on board is 13). The 4 astronauts are leaving seven astronauts behind — three from NASA, two from the Russian area company Roscosmos, one from the European Area Company and one from JAXA.
However whereas they have been there, they carried out science experiments together with tissue chips that mimic human organs and grew radishes and different greens. Additionally they carried out spacewalks to put in tools on the surface of the area station, together with to organize it for brand spanking new photo voltaic panels.