NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, a veteran of two stays aboard the International Space Station and Space Shuttle mission STS-134, works through a check list inside a mockup of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner during a simulation at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on Aug. 21, 2019. Fincke, along with NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson, will launch to the Space Station aboard the Starliner during its first crewed flight test.

Starliner will launch as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the American aerospace industry to develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the Space Station. Commercial transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities of discovery on the orbiting laboratory. The station is critical for NASA to understand and overcome the challenges of long-duration spaceflight necessary for the journey to Mars. By encouraging industry to provide human transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA can expand its focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions.

Learn more about Boeing’s Starliner on “Houston, We Have a Podcast.”

Image Credit: NASA/James Blair

2019年8月21日,美国国家航空航天局约翰逊航天中心宇航员迈克·芬克(Mike Fincke)正在对波音CST-100 Starliner的模型进行模拟测试,他曾两次在国际空间站航天飞机STS-134任务中服役。芬克、美国宇航局宇航员尼科尔·曼恩和波音公司宇航员克里斯·弗格森将乘坐这艘Starliner向空间站进行首次载人飞行测试。



图片来源:NASA/James Blair

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