Raja Chari, an Indian-American is selected by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) as the commander of the Space-X Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station. Being a colonel of 43 years old in the US Air Force, Raja Chari will the commander of Space-X Crew-3 mission while NASA's Tom Marshburn will be pilot and ESA's Matthias Maurer will serve as a mission specialist.
The fourth crewmate will be for the mission will added in the later stage with a review by NASA and its international partners said by NASA in a statement. This mission is said to be launched the next year.
"Excited and honoured to be training with @astro_matthias and @AstroMarshburn in prep for a trip to the @Space_Station," Raja Chari said in a tweet. On his Facebook page, he wrote that he is proud to be working and training with Matthias Maurer and Thomas Henry Marshburn in preparation for a mission to the International Space Station aboard the Space-X Crew Dragon.
This will be Chari’s first spaceflight since he became an astronaut in 2017. In a statement detailing his profile, NASA said Chari has accumulated more than 2,500 hours of flight time in his career. He was selected earlier this month as a member of the Artemis Team and is now eligible for assignment to a future lunar mission. When Chari, Marshburn, and Maurer arrive at the orbiting laboratory, they will become expedition crew members for the duration of their six-month stay. The crew will have a slight overlap with the Crew-2 astronauts, who are expected to launch in the spring of 2021.