June 26, 2022

There are four astronauts in Crew-1:

Victor GloverThe 45-year-old, who was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2013, is in his first space flight. He is also the first black NASA astronaut to serve on a space station crew.

Michael S. Hopkins, 52, a United States Space Force Colonel, is the commander for the flight. (Colonel Hopkins is also the first member of the newly created US Space Force to go into space.) He was one of nine astronauts selected by NASA in 2009. Spend 166 days in orbit.

Soichi NoguchiThe 56-year-old astronaut at JAXA, the Japanese space agency, is completing his third voyage into space. He was a member of the crew of the space shuttle Discovery in 2005 on the first shuttle launch after the loss of Columbia and its seven astronauts more than two years ago.

During this visit to the International Space Station, Mr. Noguchi made three space walks. This included tests that tested techniques that could repair damage to the shuttle’s thermal tiles, similar to what Columbia did when it reentered Earth’s atmosphere. In 2009/10 he spent five months in orbit as a member of the space station crew.

Shannon WalkerThe 55-year-old was already working on the space station in 2010. Dr. Walker received her PhD in space physics from Rice University, where she studied how the solar wind interacts with the atmosphere of Venus.

The space station has been a little more crowded than usual since another SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, Endeavor, docked on Saturday, April 24th. With this, the crew of Station 11 reached the largest number of astronauts on board since the space shuttles stopped flying (the record for most on board is 13). The four astronauts leave seven astronauts behind – three from NASA, two from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, one from the European Space Agency and one from JAXA.