NASA astronauts will land in Earth orbit in 2018 after an historic mission to the moon and return to the earth.
The space agency is set to send a crew of eight to the International Space Station in 2018, replacing six astronauts who had died on the orbiting outpost after the Space Shuttle’s retirement in 2011.NASA astronauts will also make history in 2018 by returning to the lunar surface after the moon’s last lunar landing in 1969.
The International Space Activity, or ISS, is the main human spaceflight program of the United States.
It operates six U.S. spacecraft, including the International Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, which has been used to map the lunar poles, the International Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or GBIA, and the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft.
The astronauts’ return to Earth in 2018 marks the first time in history that astronauts will leave the International Plant and Spacecraft Center on the moon for Earth orbit.
The two missions are scheduled to begin in late 2018.NASA, in conjunction with the European Aerospace Exploration Agency, is expected to launch the first set of four crew members to the station in 2018.
The other crew members are expected to arrive in 2019.
A total of 10 crew members will be sent to the ISS in 2020 and 2021.
The crew members of the next two missions will depart in 2024.
A crew of six will be returning to Earth from the International Station, a joint U.N.-managed international research facility.
The station is home to the only astronauts to have gone to space aboard the International Shuttle Endeavour.NASA says that the first astronauts will be ready to return to earth in 2019, and will spend four years in space, spending about a month in each of the ISS’ five segments.