Astronaut Jessica Watkins has joined NASA’s SpaceX crew-4 mission

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NASA previously announced the mission of Lin Glenn and Heins as spacecraft commander and pilot respectively in February, and ESA announced Christopher Freddy as the mission expert of the mission in May

Astronaut Jessica Watkins has joined NASA’s SpaceX crew-4 mission

crew-4 mission is planned to be launched by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from launch site 39A of NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida in April 2022 to perform a six-month scientific mission on the Microgravity Laboratory

Watkins was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Lafayette, Colorado is her hometown. She received a bachelor’s degree in geology and environmental sciences from Stanford University and a doctor’s degree in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr Watkins studied the mechanism of large landslides on Mars and earth when he graduated. She began her career at NASA as an intern and worked at the Ames Research Center in California and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. When she was elected an astronaut, Watkins was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the California Institute of technology, where she worked as a member of the scientific team of the Mars Science Laboratory probe curiosity

for more than 21 years, human beings have continued to live and work on the international space station in low earth orbit, promoted the development of scientific knowledge, demonstrated new technologies, and made research breakthroughs impossible on earth

through the commercial crew program and broader commercial efforts, NASA is working with private enterprises to develop human space transportation services and a strong low earth orbit economy, enabling the agency to focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions on the moon and Mars