NASA assigns astronaut to 1st operational Boeing crew mission to International Space Station

NASA has announced it has assigned astronaut Jeanette Epps to NASA´s Boeing six-month Starliner-1 mission, the first operational crewed flight of Boeing´s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station, the agency said.

Epps will join NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for the expedition planned for a launch in 2021 to the orbiting space laboratory. The flight will follow NASA certification after a successful uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 and Crew Flight Test with astronauts.

NASA assigned Williams and Cassada to the Starliner-1 mission in August 2018. The spaceflight will be the first for Cassada and third for Williams, who spent long-duration stays aboard the space station on Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33.

NASA´s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and to the space station. Commercial transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities for discovery on the orbital outpost.