MEET THE FIRST ASTRONAUTS CHOSEN TO FLY ON A PRIVATE SPACESHIP IN 2017
Yesterday, NASA made a historic announcement: four astronauts will be eligible for the first-ever passenger flight aboard a private spaceship, set for 2017. Using either a SpaceX Dragon or Boeing CST-100, the test flights will allow the U.S. to launch astronauts without Russia for the first time since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
- •Sunita WilliamsA Naval officer, Williams has performed several stints in the International Space Station. While onboard from 2006 to 2007, she set a record for most spacewalks by a woman (four). Her record was later broken by Peggy Whitman in 2008 (five).
- •Douglas HurleyHurley piloted the space shuttle Endeavor in 2009 and also piloted Atlantis during the final space shuttle mission in 2011.
- •Robert BehnkenAir Force colonel and mechanical engineer Bob Behnken flew on space shuttle Endeavor in 2008 and 2010.
- •Eric BoeAir Force fighter pilot and astronautical engineer Eric Boe flew on Endeavor in 2008 and Discovery in 2011.