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.
  1. Sunita Williams
    A 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).
  2. Douglas Hurley
    Hurley piloted the space shuttle Endeavor in 2009 and also piloted Atlantis during the final space shuttle mission in 2011.
  3. Robert Behnken
    Air Force colonel and mechanical engineer Bob Behnken flew on space shuttle Endeavor in 2008 and 2010.
  4. Eric Boe
    Air Force fighter pilot and astronautical engineer Eric Boe flew on Endeavor in 2008 and Discovery in 2011.