Crew 1 Astronauts arrive at NASA Kennedy Space Center

Space Coast, FL – Twenty years humans have lived, worked, ate and slept continuously in space. We now pass the torch to Crew 1 with a new era in spaceflight and reusable rockets and spacecrafts. The first operational mission, in nine years, to the International Space Station is less than a week away.

Left to right: Mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut and mission specialist Shannon Walker, pilot Victor Glover, and Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins, (NASA astronauts), and | image: NASA TV

Crew 1, The Crew

The Crew-1 astronauts arrived at NASA Kennedy Space Center, in Florida at ~1400 EST (1900 UTC). All astronauts had big smiles and excited to make American History. Each one made statements and had plenty of thank yous to all involved to make this flight possible.

The rookie, Victor Glover

was selected in 2013 as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class. In 2015, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training, including scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalks, robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. This marks his first ever spaceflight

Mike Hopkins

is no stranger to spaceflight. Serving on Expedition 37/38 (September 25 – March 10, 2014). On September 25, 2013, Hopkins launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan along with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy. They were welcomed to the space station by Expedition 37 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency. They were later joined by Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and flight engineers Russian cosmonaut Mikhal Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio. During his stay aboard the space station, Hopkins and Mastracchio conducted a pair of U.S. spacewalks to change out a degraded pump module for a total of 12 hours and 58 minutes. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy returned to Earth on March 10, 2014, after 166 days in space. During the expedition, the crew completed 2,656 orbits of the Earth and traveled more than 70 million miles.

Dr. Shannon Walker

was on Expedition 24/25 (June 15 through November 25, 2010).  Dr. Walker launched and served as Flight Engineer (pilot) of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, TMA-19, on June 15, 2010. Two days later, the Soyuz docked with the ISS and sher served as a Flight Engineer for a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station. She again served as the Soyuz pilot during her crew’s undock and landing, which occurred November 25, 2010.  Her entire mission lasted 163 days, with 161 of them aboard the station.

Soichi Noguchi

one of the most experienced astronauts on Crew-1 has flown on Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-114) and the Russian Soyuz rocket (Expedition 22/23). On the STS-114 mission (July 26 – August 9, 2005) he conducted three Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) as a lead spacewalker (EV1) and became the first Japanese astronaut to perform EVAs on the ISS. During the spacewalks, he demonstrated in-flight repair techniques on shuttle’s Thermal Protection System (TPS) tiles, replaced a failed Control Moment Gyro (CMG) with a new CMG, and installed External Stowage Platform-2 (ESP-2) on the ISS. He accumulated 20 hours and 5 minutes of spacewalk time in three EVAs.

In May 2008, he was assigned as an ISS Expedition 20 crew member.

In December 2009, as the first Japanese left-seater for the Soyuz spacecraft, Noguchi was launched to the ISS aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 (21S) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He spent 161 days aboard the ISS as a Flight Engineer for the Expedition 22/23 Mission, and returned to Earth in June 2010 (in this mission, he logged a total of 163 days 5 hours 33 minutes in space including flight time between the ground and the ISS).

Crew Dragon Resilience

The Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft arrived at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on November 5, 2020. The spacecraft will take flight on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boost B1061 bring the 4 astronauts to the International Space Station.

Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft | photo: SpaceX

Watch the arrival of Crew-1 and news briefing here.

We wish all the best of luck to the next operational mission of Crew-1 and all parties involved. Launch America is making history again and we’ll be covering the entirety of it.

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Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.