NASA, ESA select 2 astronauts to launch on Crew-7 mission

NASA and the European Space Agency announced that they have selected two astronauts to launch on SpaceX’s Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station.

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The organizations selected NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen.

Moghbeli will serve as spacecraft commander and Mogensen will serve as the pilot for the mission.

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NASA said two mission specialists will be announced later, following review by NASA and its international partners.

The mission is expected to launch no earlier than 2023 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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This will be the first spaceflight for Moghbeli, who became a NASA astronaut in 2017.

This will be Mogensen’s second trip to the space station as a veteran of the ESA 10-day iriss mission in 2015, for which he served as a flight engineer.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.