March 4, 2024

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The Space Force sends one of its “guardians” into space for the first time

The Space Force sends one of its “guardians” into space for the first time

US Space Force Colonel Nick Hague will lead the space mission.
Josh Valcarcel/NASA Johnson Space Center

  • The US Space Force will send its first Ranger into space as early as August.
  • Colonel Nick Hague will be accompanied by two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut.
  • It is the first time in the Space Force's four-year history that it has sent a Ranger into space.

The U.S. Space Force is sending its first member — which it calls the “Rangers” — into space.

USSF Colonel Nick Hague is scheduled to lead a NASA mission to the International Space Station as early as August. Space Force Announce.

Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut will join the Crew-9 mission aboard the Dragon spacecraft, Space The crew “will conduct a wide range of operations and research activities throughout the duration of their six-month-plus mission,” a USSF press release said.

“The core of our mission on the space station is to conduct scientific experiments and collect data,” Hague said, according to the press release. “The International Space Station provides a unique platform in microgravity, which allows researchers from around the world to explore and discover processes that can have a significant impact on the behavior of our bodies and the environment around us both on Earth and beyond the planet.”

The US Space Force is only four years old, the baby among legacy US military branches such as the US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, and US National Guard. when he was Established In December 2019, the Space Force became the first branch added to the nation's armed forces in more than 70 years.

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This will be Hague's first launch as a USSF Ranger but his third launch in total. He moved from the Air Force to the Space Force in 2021, according to NASA Introductory account.

“From the GPS satellites that support our station's navigation systems, to the space domain awareness sites around the world that help NASA prevent orbital debris from colliding with the space station, to the launch range that my crew will use when “We go.” USSF press release, “Guardians provide critical support without which NASA's human spaceflight program would not be possible.”