NASA has selected the astronauts toÂ joinÂ two missions scheduled forÂ 2017 that will head to the orbiting laboratory inÂ the International Space Station.
NASA said FridayÂ U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Tingle will participate in his first space flight for the Expedition 53 to launch inÂ September 2017 with fellow U.S. astronautÂ Jack Fischer; Russia’s Ivan Vagner, Alexander Skvortsov,Â Fyodor Yurchikhin; and the European Space Agency’s Paolo Nespoli.
âThereâs so much going on aboard the space station at this point, so many science experiments and technology demonstrations,â said Chris Cassidy, chief of the astronaut office at NASAâs Johnson Space Center.
Also selected for a trip to the ISS is retiredÂ U.S. Marine CorpsÂ Col. Randy Bresnik and he will join Tingle, Vagner and Skvortsov on the station for Expedition 54 in November 2017 along with Russia’s Sergey Ryazansky andÂ Japan’s Norishige Kanai.