Sunita Williams among 9 astronauts to fly into space from US soil

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The first full mission of Boeing's Starliner, which will fly to the ISS for a long-duration stay, will take ISS veteran Suni Williams and spaceflight newcomer Josh Cassada. Since then, NASA has been dependent on Russia's Soyuz rockets and spacecraft, paying upward of $70 million per seat to fly Americans to and from the ISS. Public and private entities joining forces for these proto flights means the crewed test phase could be of the most monumental leaps in human spaceflight since NASA's Space Shuttle Program was retired in 2011. Initially, the Space X and Boeing flights will be "test flights" and flights of crew and cargo to the International Space Station.

The team consists of men and women from across America.

Behnken, Hurley, Boe and Sunita Williams have been training on SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner since July 2015.

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Clockwise from top left: Sunita Williams, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Eric Boe.

NASA's 30-year space shuttle program came to a close in 2011 so the space agency could focus on bigger journeys, like a mission to Mars. NPR reports that some critics think the SLS is too expensive compared to industry developments like SpaceX's Falcon Heavy. NASA worked closely with the companies to engineer both spacecraft.

Since her selection as an astronaut in 1998, she has spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for Expeditions 14/15 and Expeditions 32/33, commanded the space station and performed seven spacewalks, the USA space agency said in a statement. Initially, all four crew members trained on both vehicles, but with flights just a year away, NASA is now assigning the crew to specific missions.

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"It's absolutely the opportunity of a lifetime", Mann, a Marine Corps lieutenant who joined NASA in 2013, said during the announcement. This will be her first trip to space. "I'll tell you, being able to launch to the International Space Station from USA soil, I can't imagine better", Cassada said. The uncrewed test is planned for November; the test flight with crew aboard is set for April 2019.

SpaceX's founder and CEO, Elon Musk believes that such reusable spaceships are of great importance and will be very helpful to reduce the expenses of future space missions which will further enable the company to take fearless steps in space tours without considering much about the cost involved. A recent abort test by Boeing resulted in leaking engine fuel. Ferguson, the Boeing astronaut, flew three shuttle missions, and has logged more than 40 days in space. She has logged 322 days in space.

Both Boeing and SpaceX are also working with Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas company that plans to launch private space stations into orbit, to be leased to nations or companies. As it stands now, SpaceX currently holds the contract with NASA to do 12 robotic supply flights to the station for a minimum amount of $1.6 billion. He also commanded two more spaceflights in 2008.

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The names announced by NASA include some very experienced astronauts along with first timers.

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