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So who are the nine people on the space flight crews?

August 4, 2018

On Friday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the country’s first commercial crew astronauts, who will fly on the test flights or first missions of two commercial spacecraft being built by Boeing and SpaceX in partnership with NASA.

There are nine astronauts on two separate crews, one assigned as the Boeing team, the other as the SpaceX one.

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Boeing crews

Eric Boe: Assigned to test flight mission. Selected as an astronaut in 2000, Boe, 53, is a veteran of two space shuttle flights. He was born in Miami but grew up in Atlanta. He joined NASA after serving as a fighter pilot and test pilot who eventually rose to the level of colonel.

Chris Ferguson: Assigned to test flight mission. Selected as an astronaut in 1998, Ferguson, 56, is a veteran of three shuttle flights. He is a Philadelphia native and retired Navy captain who retired from NASA in 2011. He has been an “integral part” of Boeing’s commercial spacecraft program.

Nicole Mann: Assigned to test flight mission. Selected as an astronaut in 2013, this will be Mann’s first trip to space. Mann, 41, is a California native and Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. She is a test pilot with more than 2,500 flight hours on more than two dozen aircraft.

Josh Cassada: Assigned to first space station mission. Selected as an astronaut in 2013, this will be the first spaceflight for Cassada, 45. He is a Navy commander and Minnesota native. Also a test pilot, Cassada has more than 3,500 flight hours in upward of 40 aircraft.

Sunita Williams: Assigned to first space station mission. Williams, 52, first space station mission. Selected as an astronaut in 1998, Williams, 52, is a veteran of two spaceflights. She was born in Ohio and is a retired captain in the Navy, where she was a test pilot. She has performed seven spacewalks in her career.

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SpaceX crews

Bob Behnken: Assigned to test flight mission. Selected as an astronaut in 2000, Behnken, 48, is a veteran of two space shuttle flights. He has a doctorate in engineering and is a colonel and flight test engineer for the Air Force. He has logged 37 hours across six spacewalks during his career.

Doug Hurley: Assigned to test flight mission. Selected as an astronaut in 2000, Hurley, 51, is a veteran of two spaceflights. Hurley is from New York and was a colonel and test pilot in the Marine Corps before becoming an astronaut. He flew on Atlantis for the final space shuttle mission.

Victor Glover: Assigned to first space station mission. Selected as an astronaut in 2013, this will be the first spaceflight for Glover, 42. Glover is from California and is a commander, aviator and test pilot in the Navy. He has nearly 3,000 hours of flying on more than 40 aircraft.

Mike Hopkins: Assigned to first space station mission. Selected as an astronaut in 2009, Hopkins, 49, is a veteran of one spaceflight. He is from Missouri and is a colonel in the Air Force, where he was a test pilot before coming to NASA. He has conducted two spacewalks in his career.

Source: NASA and staff reporting

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