Meanwhile, European astronauts will continue to insist on alternative missions to the ISS for their missions.
“I am delighted to be the first European to fly from a new generation of US crews,” said Pesquet, who in 2016 and 2017. The ISS has already spent 197 days.
Until now, European astronauts have only been able to reach the TKS through the interrupted NASA spacecraft program or the Russian-built Soyuz.
ESA’s outgoing CEO Jan Wörner said the agreement reflects the “international nature of human spaceflight”, even if it is used in a US-built commercial spacecraft.
2021The mission, dubbed Alpha, will mark the first time in a decade that a European astronaut has been released from space into the United States. 2011 Italy’s Roberto Vittori went on NASA’s spacecraft Endeavor.