NASA astronaut Raja Chari could probably fly to the moon and back just on adrenaline alone right about now.
Chari has been selected to fly to the International Space Station on SpaceX Crew-3 mission in fall 2021, NASA announced. This just days after it selected Chari to a team of 18 astronauts to train for its moon landing program.
According to The Mint, Chari will serve as commander of the mission with NASA’s Tom Marshburn piloting and the European Space Agency’s Matthias Maurer acting as mission specialist. A fourth crew member will be announced on a future date.
This will be Chari’s first space flight just four years after being selected for NASA’s class of 2017. His father Srinivas Chari immigrated to the United States as a young child from Hyderabad, India.
According to the Daily Mail, the International Space Station has been continually staffed since 2000. Studies over the year aboard the ISS include human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy and meteorology.
Funding for the program is set to expire in 2024, but Congress could extend it. Another option is to use that money for manned exploration to the moon and mars.
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