NASA on Friday named the first nine astronauts who will fly to space on Boeing and SpaceX vehicles in 2019 - a mix of novices and veterans who are tasked with restoring America's ability to send humans into orbit. American astronauts have still traveled to space, but they've used Russia's Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of about $80 million per seat.
In a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center here, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stood on a stage with a massive American flag, and introduced the crews, one-by-one, as they came on stage in distinct groups: one for SpaceX, the other Boeing.
In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office said that further delays in NASA's so-called "Commercial Crew" program could "disrupt access to" the space station, which would be an enormous embarrassment for NASA after investing about $100 billion to build and operate it.
Eric Boe was born in Miami and grew up in Atlanta. He began his career with the Air Force, and served as a fighter pilot, test pilot and colonel.
Christopher Ferguson is a native of Philadelphia. He flew on two flights of the space shuttle including the final mission, Atlantis's STS-135. Mr. Ferguson will become the first former NASA astronaut to return to orbit as a company's crew member when he flies. The uncrewed test is planned for November; the test flight with crew aboard is set for April 2019. Mann was selected as an astronaut in 2013.
Bob Behnken: Behnken is a native of St. Ann, Missouri. She's also spent 50 hours and 40 minutes on spacewalks, an accomplishment that is second on the list for female astronauts, according to her NASA biography.
Douglas Hurley calls Apalachin, New York, his hometown. He has flown to space twice before this, both on space shuttle missions.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommended NASA pursue a backup plan for getting astronauts to the ISS, as its contract with Russian Federation to send them to the station via Soyuz launches in Kazakhstan ends at the close of 2019.
Josh Cassada grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
"This is the stuff of dreams ... this is a test pilot's dream", he said. He was selected as an astronaut in 2013. It will be Mr. Cassada's first spaceflight.
Sunita Williams was born in Euclid, Ohio, but considers Needham, Massachusetts, her hometown.
Clockwise from top left: Sunita Williams, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Eric Boe. "It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can't wait to see them aboard the International Space Station".
Manchester United winger Anthony Martial has lashed out at Jose Mourinho saying his family comes first before any other thing. When I go back to the training ground, players tell me how the team is well built and I can't wait to see them as champions.
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The Motorola Moto Z3 comes with a 6-inch OLED display panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. The Moto Z3 will be available exclusively via Verizon on August 16th for $480, or $20 per month for 24 months.
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James tweeted his excitement on Sunday before the school opened its doors, calling it "one of the greatest moments" of his life. The school will begin with two grades, third and fourth, with plans to expand in the coming years.
A presidential run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no candidate wins at least 50 percent in the first round. He dismissed claims that he wanted to hand over power to his wife, Grace as "utter nonsense".
The statement is believed to be part of special counsel Robert Mueller's examination of whether Trump sought to obstruct justice. CNN reported Thursday Trump's former longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen , claims Trump knew in advance about the meeting.
Trump tweeted Tuesday he is " looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public", adding that he "already spoke to NRA". Lasnik is expected to hold a hearing on August 10 to determine whether the order should be made permanent.
He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008. For his career, he has a 152-111 record with an impressive 3.43 ERA and 2341 strikeouts.
The Mars opposition falls just before the longest total lunar eclipse of the century , which will last 1 hour and 43 minutes. On Friday, Mars will be in opposition, which means the sun and the Red Planet will be on the opposite side of Earth.
EPA unveils plan to lower Obama-era federal fuel standards
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Samsung leak confirms Galaxy Note 9 design
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