NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts will reply questions at 3:45 p.m. EDT Thursday, Could 6, about their historic mission on the Worldwide Area Station and return to Earth. The information convention will air reside on NASA Tv, the NASA app, and the company’s web site.
NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, together with Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will take part within the first media occasion following their mission and splashdown.
This will probably be a digital occasion with no media current, as a result of security restrictions associated to the continued coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Reporters who want to take part by phone should name the newsroom at NASA’s Johnson Area Middle in Houston at 281-483-5111 to RSVP no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Could 5. These following the briefing on social media might ask questions utilizing the hashtag #AskNASA.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, named Resilience, carrying Hopkins, Glover, Walker, and Noguchi, splashed down at 2:56 a.m. Could 2 below parachutes within the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Panama Metropolis, Florida, and was efficiently recovered by SpaceX. After returning to shore, the astronauts instantly flew again to Houston, the place they have been greeted by their households and colleagues.
The profitable launch of the company’s SpaceX Crew-1 in November 2020 was the primary flight of a NASA-certified industrial human spacecraft system in historical past. Crew-1 is the primary of six crewed missions NASA and SpaceX will fly as a part of the company’s Industrial Crew Program, which labored with the U.S. aerospace trade to return launches with astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil.
Crew-1 astronauts labored on plenty of experiments as a part of Expedition 64 and Expedition 65 to the Worldwide Area Station, together with tissue chips that mimic the construction and performance of human organs to grasp the position of microgravity on human well being and illnesses, and translate these findings to enhance human well being on Earth. Astronauts additionally grew radishes in various kinds of mild and soils as a part of ongoing efforts to provide meals in area, and examined a brand new system to take away warmth from spacesuits.
Michael Hopkins was commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-1 mission. He was accountable for all phases of flight, from launch to re-entry. Chosen as a NASA astronaut in 2009, Hopkins now has spent a complete of 335 days in area throughout two spaceflights. He carried out three spacewalks throughout this mission for a complete of 5 in his profession totaling 32 hours and 1 minute. Born in Lebanon, Missouri, Hopkins grew up on a farm exterior Richland, Missouri. He has a bachelor’s diploma in aerospace engineering from the College of Illinois, and a grasp’s diploma in aerospace engineering from Stanford College. Earlier than becoming a member of NASA, Hopkins was a flight check engineer with the U.S. Air Pressure.
Victor Glover was the pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and second-in-command for the mission. Glover was accountable for spacecraft methods and efficiency. Chosen as an astronaut in 2013, this was his first spaceflight, throughout which he carried out 4 spacewalks totaling 26 hours, 7 minutes. The California native holds a Bachelor of Science diploma typically engineering from California Polytechnic State College, a Grasp of Science diploma in flight check engineering and a grasp’s diploma in army operational artwork and science from Air College, in addition to a Grasp of Science diploma in methods engineering from the Naval Postgraduate Faculty. Glover is a naval aviator and was a check pilot within the F/A‐18 Hornet, Tremendous Hornet, and EA‐18G Growler plane.
Shannon Walker was a mission specialist for Crew-1. As a mission specialist, she labored carefully with the commander and pilot to observe the spacecraft through the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of flight. She additionally was accountable for monitoring timelines, telemetry, and consumables through the mission. Chosen as a NASA astronaut in 2004, this was her second spaceflight, bringing her whole time in area to 331 days. Walker first launched to the Worldwide Area Station aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft because the co-pilot, and spent 161 days aboard the orbiting laboratory. A Houston native, Walker acquired a Bachelor of Arts diploma in physics from Rice College, in addition to a Grasp of Science diploma and a doctorate in area physics, each from Rice College, in 1992 and 1993, respectively.
Soichi Noguchi additionally was a mission specialist for Crew-1, working with the commander and pilot to observe the spacecraft through the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of flight, and maintaining watch on timelines, telemetry, and consumables. Noguchi was chosen as an astronaut candidate by the Nationwide Area Growth Company of Japan (NASDA, at the moment the JAXA) in Could 1996. Noguchi is now a veteran of three spaceflights and has spent a complete of 345 days in area. Throughout STS-114 in 2005, he grew to become the primary Japanese astronaut to carry out a spacewalk exterior the area station. He has carried out a complete of 4 spacewalks, accumulating 27 hours and 1 minute of spacewalking time. Noguchi launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in 2009, to return to the station as a long-duration crew member. The Crew Dragon is the third spacecraft Noguchi has flown to the orbiting laboratory.