NASA introduces first crew to fly missions on commercial spacecraft to space station

NASA has introduced the first US astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station, the agency said.

The endeavor will return astronaut launches to US soil for the first time since the space shuttle´s retirement in 2011.

The agency assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing´s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX´s Crew Dragon. The astronauts are: Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover.

The agency has assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing´s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX´s Crew Dragon. NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design, development and testing to ensure the systems meet NASA´s safety and performance requirements.