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.
Amazin' frets: Free therapy for New York Mets fans
The fans will receive free confidential therapy sessions if they fill out a form asking about their most hard moments as fans. New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Dani's grandparents, who stole the show in the meet the parents episode of Love Island , are also back for another cameo. We've watched a couple back and he still tells me about the gnat bites he got from sleeping outside.
The story revolves around the love story of the leading couple in Garba dance festival bringing the hues of the Navratri festival. With the fresh chemistry of Aayush and Warina, the trailer captivates the interest of the audience with the foot tapping music.
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.
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.
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.
President Trump's similar invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin was met with concern from members of Congress. The two sides are hoping to organize a meeting in a neutral, third country, the Kentucky lawmaker told reporters.
Meghan Markle: un accident de robe pour son anniversaire
La duchesse a passé sa journée d'anniversaire dans le Surrey, à l'occasion du mariage d'un très bon ami du prince Harry . Une cérémonie très sobre pour laquelle la jeune femme portait une robe noire signée Club Monaco particulièrement chic.
Greg Monroe, Toronto Raptors agree to one-year deal
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.