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Sunita Williams among 9 astronauts to fly first commercial spacecraft

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

The (NASA) on Friday (local time) announced the names of the first astronauts to fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the

The agency assigned nine astronauts, including Sunita Williams, to crew the first test flight, who according to Mark Geyer, of in Houston, "are at the forefront of this exciting new time for human "

"It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can't wait to see them aboard the International Space Station," he added.

The first nine astronauts include-- Eric Boe, Christopher Ferguson, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley, Josh Cassada, Sunita Williams, Victor Glover,

Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA's international partners at a later date.

As per NASA, it is an endeavour which will return launches to the soil for the first time since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011.

"Today, our country's dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp," said

"This group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft developed by our commercial partners and SpaceX, will launch a new era of human Today's announcement advances our great and strengthens the nation's leadership in space," he added.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is facilitating the development of a U.S. commercial with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the and low-Earth orbit.

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First Published: Sat, August 04 2018. 04:45 IST
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