We are on the brink of very exciting times—namely in the field of space exploration. Arguably, the most exciting aspect is the fact that private companies such as SpaceX and Boeing are pushing the boundaries of how far we can go into the void and how we do it.
SpaceX and Boeing have both been chosen by NASA for its commercial space-flight program. NASA is entrusting these companies to ferry its astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA has subsequently revealed the names of the astronauts that will be the first to train to fly the commercial crew vehicles. We have listed them below, along with their NASA profiles:
"These distinguished, veteran astronauts are blazing a new trail, a trail that will one day land them in the history books and Americans on the surface of Mars,"
said Charles Borden, NASA Administrator.
Space X will commission its Dragon V2 for the missions and Boeing will use its CST-100. Both vehicles will be able to carry seven astronauts. Test flights are set to begin sometime in 2017.