December sixth, 2018
NASA has introduced that Nick Hague will be a part of Aleksey Ovchinin once more for a launch on Feb 28, 2019, after their mission was aborted in October from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
NASA Astronaut Christina Hammock Kock will be a part of the crew on a six-month keep aboard the Worldwide Area Station. The trio is anticipated to launch to the outpost in a Russian Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft and be a part of the outpost’s Expedition 59/60 crew earlier than returning to Earth in October 2019.
According to NASA, Hague and Kock will function flight engineers throughout Expedition 59 and 60. Ovchinin will function a flight engineer on Expedition 59 and commander of Expedition 60.
Throughout their mission, the crew will take part in 250 analysis investigations and know-how demonstrations which isn’t doable to duplicate on Earth to extend the information of the planet in house, bodily, and organic sciences, NASA mentioned. Experiments carried out on the station will allow future long-duration human and robotic exploration for future missions to the Moon and Mars.
This will probably be Koch’s first spaceflight. Hague and Ovchinin had been scheduled to hitch the present Expedition 57 crew on Oct. 11, 2018, however their mission was aborted when their Soyuz-FG rocket booster malfunctioned shortly after launch. NASA mentioned flight dynamic specialists concluded that their altitude was excessive sufficient to qualify as a earlier flight, which might make the Soyuz MS-12 mission Hague’s second spaceflight and Ovchinin’s third.
Hague and Kock had been chosen as astronaut candidates in 2013.
Hague is from Hoxie, Kansas, and a colonel within the U.S. Air Power. Earlier than being chosen, he was working as an adviser to the U.S. Senate on issues of nationwide protection and overseas coverage. He earned a bachelor’s diploma in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Power Academy and a grasp’s diploma in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise.
Koch grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She earned bachelor’s levels in electrical engineering and physics and a grasp’s diploma in electrical engineering from North Carolina State College in Raleigh. Her profession at NASA started at Goddard Area Flight Middle in Greenbelt, Maryland, the place she targeted on house science instrument design. She additionally labored as a analysis affiliate with the USA Antarctic Program, spending a winter within the South Pole. She additionally has expertise in distant scientific analysis stations working as a area engineer for the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in American Samoa.
Alexey Ovchinin was born in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, and is a serious within the Russian Air Power. He was chosen as a cosmonaut in 2006. His first spaceflight was in 2016. He graduated from the Esik Air Power Pilot College as a pilot-engineer and served as an air flight commander of the 70th Check coaching air regiment, flying the Yak-52 and L-39 plane. Ovchinin as over 1300 hours of flight time.
Heather Smith’s fascination for house exploration – began on the tender age of twelve whereas she was on a sixth-grade area journey in Kenner, Louisiana, strolling via a mock-up of the Worldwide Area Station and seeing the “house potty” (her terminology has progressed significantly since that point) – she realized at this level that her future lay within the stars.
Smith has come to understand that only a few individuals have observed how a lot spaceflight know-how has improved their lives. She has since devoted herself to correcting this drawback. Impressed by such traditional literature as Anne Frank’s Diary, she has honed her writing expertise and has signed on as The Spaceflight Group’s coordinator for the group’s social media efforts.