Anna Kikina will be the first astronaut to fly to SpaceX

Anna Kikina will be the first astronaut to fly to SpaceX

NASA and the Russian space agency Roskosmos are finalizing an agreement to launch the first astronaut on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which will become part of the Crew-5 mission, which is scheduled to be launched in a few months.

At a press conference in Dubai on 25 October, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, announced plans for the spaceship SpaceX Crew Dragon to ISS. The schedule was still unclear. A few days ago, Joel Montalbano, the programme manager of the NASA International Space Station, finally announced that the plan was to launch the astronaut as part of the Crew-5 mission planned for the autumn of 2022 "and then launch the NASA astronaut as part of the future Soyuz mission".

According to Roskosmos, the chosen cosmonaut is Anna Kikina, the only active woman in the Russian cosmonaut corps. She is reported to have already started training at SpaceX facilities. As part of the Crew-5 team, Kikin will join Nicole Mann and Joshua Kassada, NASA astronauts who were originally assigned to the first crew of the Starliner capsule, and Japanese astronaut Koichi Vakata.

Who's Anna Kikina?

Anna Kikina was born on 27 August 1984 and graduated from the Novosibir State Academy of Water Transport in 2006 in emergency protection. Two years later, this enthusiast ran, rafting, parachute jumping, reading, and film protected another degree in economics management at the same university. She changed her profession a few years later. Kikina became the leader of Radio-Siber Altai.

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The selection process took about a year, and of the eight winners of the contest, Anna was the only woman who was enrolled as a space tester in 2014 and has been in the process of being prepared. Next year, her work will finally be rewarded. Remember that the last Russian woman to go to space was Elena Serova. Then she became the fourth woman in space in the history of the country.