Here Are the First Names of the SpaceX Crew-4 Mission, One Year in Advance

So far, there has been only one official crewed mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship to the International Space Station. It flew up there in its first operational trip back in November 2020, proving that privately-built spaceships can easily be used for routine missions into space. Because of this, NASA is already hard at work planning future launches.
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Crew-2, as the second mission is called, is scheduled to lift off in mid-April, while the subsequent flight, Crew-3, is scheduled for the same in the fall of this year. Now, even if the mission is about one year away, the first two astronauts to go to the ISS on Crew-4 have been announced.

Acting as spacecraft commander will be Kjell Lindgren, a former member of ISS expeditions 44 and 45. His pilot will be Bob Hines, an Air Force airman who will be taking his first trip to space. NASA says the rest of the crew members will be announced by partner nations in due time. Crew-4, too, is scheduled for what NASA calls a long-duration stay in orbit around our planet.

Crew-4 is loosely scheduled for a 2022 departure, leaving the Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at the top of a Falcon 9 rocket.

Separately, NASA is gearing up for a crucial moment in its history this week. On Thursday, February 18, the Perseverance rover will reach Mars and land there to be part of the most important mission to the Red Planet ever conducted.

The machine, the size of an average car, is packed with instruments that will allow it to conduct a wide range of experiments. Those will include never-before-attempted ones like trying to generate oxygen, or flying a tiny helicopter in the planet’s alien atmosphere, and later collecting samples that the future mission will have to bring back to Earth.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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