The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 9 July 2015 selected four astronauts to provide crew transportation services to and from the International Space Station.
Astronauts and test pilots Robert Behnken, Eric Boe, Douglas Hurley and Sunita Williams will work with The Boeing Company and SpaceX to develop crew transportation systems and provide crew transportation services to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
They will train and prepare for commercial spaceflights that will return American launches to US soil and further open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the private sector.
NASA called the move the latest major milestone in the plan of the administration of the President Barack Obama to transport astronauts to space, create more jobs and end the US reliance on Russia for space travel.
In May 2015, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program office granted the Boeing Company permission to launch its astronaut crew capsule to the International Space Station in 2017.
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When: 9 July 2015
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