Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi is the first foreigner to be assigned to the crew of the new American manned spacecraft Crew Dragon of SpaceX company. He will go to the International Space Station.
In July 2019 it was announced the appointment of Noguchi to the crew of a new American manned ship. Until then, it was not known which one – Crew Dragon or Starliner of Boeing company.
“JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who is currently preparing and training for an expedition to the ISS, will begin training for participation in the first regular flight of the Crew Dragon of SpaceX development,” – said the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA.
In March 2019, Crew Dragon made its first test drone flight to the ISS. It is planned to send the first manned test spacecraft to the station in May. The crew includes NASA astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley.
The crew for the first regular Crew Dragon flight includes NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and, unofficially, Shannon Walker.
Fingernails have already performed two space missions on the ISS: the U.S. shuttle Discovery in 2005 and the Russian Soyuz TMA-17 in 2009-2010.