Editor’s note: This notice was updated on February 24 to update JAXA representatives who participated in the Crew2 mission press conference.
NASA will start a pair of press conferences at 12:30 in the afternoon, focusing on the second rotation of US commercial spacecraft carrying astronauts to the International Space Station. Monday, March 1st, US Eastern Time. The briefing will be held at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and will be broadcast live on NASA TV, NASA apps, and the agency’s website. All astronauts performing the mission will also be interviewed.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew2 mission will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the Falcon 9 rocket to the Crew Dragon space station. The mission is scheduled to be launched no earlier than April 20 from the 39A launch site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
All media will participate in these press conferences and interviews remotely; no NASA website will host any media. To participate in an information conference or request an interview with team members over the phone, reporters should contact Johnson’s newsroom at 2814835111 or jsccommu@mail.nasa.gov before 12 pm on Thursday, February 25.
Information Conference and participants include (all Eastern Time):
12:30 pm-Crew2 mission press conference with the following participants:
Kathy Lueders, Deputy Director of Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters
Steve Stich, NASA Kennedy Space Center Commercial Crew Program Manager
Joel Montalbano, International Space Station Manager, Johnson
Benji Reed, Senior Director of SpaceX Manned Space Flight Program
Hiroshi Sasaki, Manned Space Flight Technology Council JAXA Vice President and CEO
David Parker, ESA Director of Human Exploration and Robotics Technology
2pm-Crew Press Conference The following participants:
Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, Spacecraft Commander, NASA SpaceX Crew2 Mission
Astronaut Megan McArthur, Pilot, NASA SpaceX Crew2 Mission
Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Mission Specialist, NASA SpaceX Crew2 Mission
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Mission Specialist, NASA SpaceX Crew2 Mission
3:30 pm-Cycle crew interviews after the press conference,
Crew2 astronauts will receive a limited number of remotes Interview.
Shane Kimbrough is the commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Crew2 mission. Kimbrough is responsible for all phases of flight from launch to reentry. He will also serve as the expedition 65 flight engineer on the station. Kimbrough was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2004, took the space shuttle Endeavour to the space station for the first time in 2008, and performed the STS126 mission in 2008, and then took the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to participate in expedition 49/50 in 2016. He spent a total of 189 days in space and did 6 spacewalks. Kimbrough is also a retired colonel in the US Army, receiving a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the West Point Military Academy in New York and a masters degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Megan McArthur (Megan McArthur) is the pilot of the manned dragon spaceship and the deputy commander of the mission. McArthur is responsible for spacecraft systems and performance. She will also become a long-term space station staff member, this is her first time on the space station. In 2000, MacArthur was selected as an astronaut. In 2009, as a mission expert for the Hubble Space Telescope’s last service mission STS125, he sent himself to the Atlantis space shuttle. MacArthur operated the space shuttle’s robotic arm for 12 days and spent 21 hours in space, capturing the telescope and moving the crew during the five spacewalks required to repair and upgrade the telescope. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in oceanography from the University of California, San Diego.
Akihiko Hoshide is a mission expert for Crew2. As a mission expert, you will work closely with the commander and pilot to monitor the aircraft during the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of the flight. After boarding the space station, Hoshide will become the flight engineer of Expedition 65. Hoshide joined the Japan National Space Agency (NASDA, now JAXA) in 1992 and was selected as an astronaut candidate in February 1999. Hoshide is a veteran of two space flights. In June 2008, it flew to the International Space Station on the STS124 mission and sent the Japanese experimental module “Kibo” to the International Space Station. From July to November 2012, he worked on the space station for 124 days as a flight engineer for the Expedition 32/33 mission. The Crew Dragon will be the third spacecraft Noguchi brings to the orbital laboratory.
Thomas Pesquet will also become a mission expert for Crew2, working with the commander and pilot to monitor the vehicle during the dynamic launch and reentry phase of the flight. Pesquet will also become a long-term crew member on the space station. He was selected as an astronaut candidate by the European Space Agency in May 2009 and worked at the European Communications Commission, communicating with astronauts during the space flight at the Mission Control Center. It was previously flown as part of Expeditions 50 and 51, launched on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and spent 196 days in space. His mission also included two spacewalks to maintain the space station: one to replace the battery in the electrical channel and one to repair the cooling leak and repair the robotic arm.

By Peter

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