NASA to hold briefings and talks for upcoming crew mission with SpaceX
WASHINGTON, September 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – NASA to Highlight Upcoming Rotational Flight Crew of U.S. Commercial Spacecraft Carrying Astronauts to International Space Station with Pair of Virtual Media Briefings Wednesday October 6, and Thursday. October 7.
The first briefing, at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesdayon October 6 will provide an overview of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission and discuss the upcoming crew rotation. It will be followed by a crew press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday October 7, with the four crew members.
The briefings, which will take place at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will be broadcast live on NASA Television, the NASA app and the agency’s website. All media participation in press briefings and interviews will be done remotely.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission will carry NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom marshburn, and Kayla barron as well as the astronaut from ESA (European Space Agency) Matthias maurer aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the space station. The launch of the mission is planned Saturday October 30, from NASA Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This will be the last media opportunity to speak to the crew before they fly to Kennedy to prepare for the launch. To participate in briefings by phone or to request a remote interview with crew members, reporters should contact Johnson press room at: 281-483-5111 or [email protected] no later than noon Tuesday, October 5. Those wishing to submit a question on social media can do so using #askNASA.
Crew and participant briefings include:
Wednesday October 6:
1:00 p.m. – Press conference summarizing the mission, with the following participants:
- Catherine Lueders, Associate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
- Steve stich, Manager, Commercial Crew Program, Johnson
- Dana weigel, Deputy Director, International Space Station, Johnson
- Sarah walker, Director, Dragon Mission Management, SpaceX
- Frank De Winne, Manager, International Space Station Program, ESA
Thursday October 7:
2:00 p.m. – Crew mission press conference with the following participants:
- Raja Chari, spaceship commander
- Tom marshburn, pilot
- Kayla barron, mission specialist
- Matthias maurer, mission specialist
3:30 p.m. – Round robin interviews
- Crew-3 astronauts will be available for a limited number of remote interviews after the press conference.
Chari is the commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-3 mission. He is responsible for all phases of the flight, from launch to re-entry. He will also serve as an Expedition 66 flight engineer aboard the station. This will be the first space flight for Chari, who became a NASA astronaut in 2017. He was born in Milwaukee, but consider Cedar Falls, Iowa, His hometown. He is a US Air Force Colonel and joins the mission with extensive experience as a test pilot. He has accumulated over 2,500 flying hours during his career.
Marshburn is the pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the mission’s second in command. He is responsible for the systems and performance of spacecraft. Once aboard the station, he will serve as the expedition 66 flight engineer aboard the station. Marshburn is a Statesville, North Carolina, a native who became an astronaut in 2004. Prior to serving in the Astronaut Corps, the physician was an on-board surgeon at Johnson and later became chief of medical operations for the International Space Station. The Crew-3 mission will be his third visit to the space station and his second long-duration mission. Marshburn was previously a crew member of STS-127 in 2009 and Expedition 34/35, which ended in 2013.
Barron is a Mission Specialist for Crew-3. As a mission specialist, she will work closely with the commander and pilot to monitor the spacecraft during the dynamic launch and reentry phases of flight. Once aboard the station, she will become a flight engineer for Expedition 66. Barron was born in Pocatello, Idaho, but consider Richland, Washington, his hometown. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the American Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2010. She obtained a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Cambridge University, in England, in 2011, as a Gates Cambridge Fellow. Barron earned her Submarine Warfare Officer qualification and deployed three times while serving aboard the USS Maine. At the time of her selection as an astronaut candidate in 2017, she was serving as a flag aide to the director of the American Naval Academy.
Maurer will also serve as the Mission Specialist for Crew-3, working with the commander and pilot to monitor the spacecraft during the dynamic launch and reentry phases of flight. He will become a long-term crew member aboard the space station. Maurer is from Sankt Wendel, in the German Land of Saarland. Like Chari, Maurer will make his first trip to space with the Crew-3 mission. Prior to becoming an astronaut, Maurer held several engineering and research positions, both in academia and at ESA. In 2016, Maurer spent 16 days on an underwater mission as part of NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, space analogue.
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