NASA names first astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing space station missions

NASA has revealed the nine astronauts — seven men and two women — who will fly the first American-made commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.

The missions aboard ’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner mark the first time that astronaut launches will take place on U.S. soil since the organization retired the space shuttle in 2011.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon test flight astronauts are Robert Behnken from St. Ann, Mo., and Douglas Hurley from Apalachin, N.Y. The first mission astronauts are Victor Glover from Pomona, Calif., and Michael Hopkins from Lebanon, Mo.

SpaceX’s uncrewed demo is currently scheduled to lift off in November 2018, with its first manned mission slated for April 2019. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based aerospace company will launch these missions from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in .

Boeing’s Starliner test flight astronauts are Eric Boe, who was born in Miami and grew up in Atlanta; Christopher Ferguson of Philadelphia; and Nicole Aunapu Mann from California. The first mission astronauts are Josh Cassada from White Bear Lake, Minn., and Sunita Williams from Needham, Mass.