Ferguson isn't now a NASA employee, though he served as an astronaut from 1998 to 2011 and commanded the final Space Shuttle mission.
NASA officials didn't state why a three-person crew would be flying on the Starlinertest flight, but the agency announced an agreement earlier this year with Boeing to study turning that crewed test flight into an operational mission in the event of further commercial crew delays.
NASA made the announcement today (Aug. 3) here at the Johnson Space Center, with the agency revealing the eight agency astronauts and one Boeing astronaut before a cheering crowd of lawmakers, dignitaries and kids waving signs and American flags.
NASA, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, introduced on 4 August the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on an American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. Among the three astronauts selected for Boeing's Starliner test flight is Nicole Aunapu Mann - a California native whose grandfather, Helmuth Aunapu, emigrated to the USA from Estonia just before the Second World War. The group includes former space shuttle flyers, ex-military test pilots, rookies, and - critically - a cadre of four astronauts who've already been testing and providing feedback on the new commercial ships for years.
NASA says commercial transportation to and from the space stations will enable expanded station use, additional research time and broader opportunities of discovery aboard the orbiting laboratory.
No NASA astronaut has rocketed into space from American soil since July 8, 2011, when the space shuttle Atlantis took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, laden with 28,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station.
Williams has spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station since becoming an astronaut in 1998. Boeing's spacecraft CST-100 Starliner is also expected to be reusable and will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
NASA is not yet certain exactly when the launches will be.
Cocaine deaths reach all-time high in England and Wales
Deaths caused by the drug fentanyl rose by almost 30% a year ago , according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Majority have had very hard , often traumatic lives and we're letting them down if we don't give them the best care that we can.
Veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will fly on SpaceX's first crewed Crew Dragon flight.
Sunita Williams, the 52-year-old Indian-origin astronaut, will fly on Starliner's first mission with Josh Cassada. He has a doctorate in engineering and is a flight test engineer and colonel in the Air Force.
Boe was selected as an astronaut in 2000. Glover was selected by NASA in 2013, and his mission with SpaceX will mark his first time in space. For the first actual Crew Dragon mission, Victor Glover will undertake his first spaceflight alongside seasoned astronaut Michael Hopkins, who has spent 166 days aboard the space station.
After the ending of space shuttle program in 2011, NASA astronauts were travelling to the ISS aboard Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.
The team consists of men and women from across America.
Boeing's and SpaceX's commercial spacecraft may also open the space station - and more broadly, Earth orbit - to more privately-funded visitors and spaceflight participants from countries that do not have their own domestic crewed spacecraft and rockets.
Recently, issues relating to NASA's certification process for crewed missions came under review by the US Government Accountability Office. It now looks like SpaceX will be the first to launch humans on its crew Dragon spacecraft, set for April 2019.
The goal is vital for NASA's future space station experiments. "We won't let you down".
Severe reporting restrictions have made it impossible to verify the swirl of claims making their way through social media. If there is one piece of worldwide agreements on nuclear non-proliferation that is delivering, it has to be maintained.
Under the accord, thousands of local tribal fighters were to be enlisted in the UAE-funded Shabwa Elite Force militia. The U.S. has worked with a coalition that has been fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen for the last two years.
Earlier this summer, the team hired Nick Nurse to take over coaching responsibilities from longtime coach Dwane Casey. According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, the Raptors have been interested in the 28-year-old since last month.
She thanked her family, team and the staff at Cedars-Sinai, and she vowed to her followers that she will keep fighting. A person close to Lovato says she was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Manchester United's uninspiring pre-season ended on Sunday night with a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. United ended their preparations for the new season in uninspiring fashion, struggling to threaten Manuel Neuer's goal.
Samples were collected at 19 stations spanning from the mouth of Tampa Bay to the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. The toxins in the creatures can't be destroyed by cooking and freezing, and if you eat it you can get sick.
But, yelling at himself or his coach rather frequently, Murray came all the way back to win and improve to 4-2 in his comeback. Murray fought hard in all three matches and got emotional after his win over Copil as he broke down in years after the match.
Maniac is based on the 2014 Norwegian series and is largely set in the fantasy worlds of the characters that Hill and Stone play. Co-starring Sonoya Mizuno, Julia Garner , and Jemima Kirke, Maniac debuts on Netflix on September 21.
Parkland suspect: Voice said to burn, kill, destroy
Two hours later, when Curcio left the room to see about recovering Cruz's phone, the suspect raged: "I want to die". A new report says the Parkland killer asked for help in months leading up to February 14 tragedy, but was ignored.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says Planning Mini-Car
This will not be the first time that Tesla taps into the unconventional market, as they previously launched " Model S Radio Flyer" toy vehicle , which is designed for children aged between three and eight and comes with a 30-watt battery pack.
Priyanka Chopra not a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next?
When asked about the progress of Bharat , Salman stated, "I think you have come to the wrong press conference, I have a doubt". A source states that Priyanka is doing Cowboy Ninja Viking with Chris Pratt and was unable to give dates to SLB.