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NASA to launch three amateur astronauts to ISS this week

April 4, 2022 | Comment icon 2 comments



The mission's four crew members. Image Credit: NASA / Axiom Space
The highly unprecedented mission will be the first time NASA has ever launched tourists to the space station.
These days money can buy just about anything and if you happen to have a very large amount of it going spare - $55 million to be exact - you can even venture into space.

The mission, which will launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on April 6th, will see three amateur astronauts - along with one experienced one - launch aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon.

The crew will include Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, US entrepreneur Larry Connor and ex-Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe.

They will be joined by former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria who will serve as commander.
The mission, which is being carried out in partnership with Axiom Space, will be the first all-private flight to the International Space Station.

Once aboard, the crew will spend roughly one tenth of their time (around 100 hours) conducting scientific and technological experiments in the station's weightless environment.

"This represents another significant milestone in our efforts to create a low-Earth orbit economy," said NASA's commercial spaceflight director Phil McAlister.

"I wish these Axiom crew members safe travels, and I hope they find their time in space productive and enjoyable."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (2)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters 3 months ago
They launched on Friday (yesterday) https://news.sky.com/story/spacex-launches-three-rich-businessmen-to-space-station-for-55m-each-in-first-private-mission-12585570 The link includes a video of the launch.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 2 months ago
Crew of first private flight to ISS head back to Earth The crew of the first fully private mission to the International Space Station departed the orbiting laboratory on Monday to head back to Earth. The three businessmen and a former NASA astronaut had spent more than two weeks on the station on a history-making mission organized by startup company Axiom Space. The SpaceX capsule undocked from the ISS at 0110 GMT for the return trip and was scheduled to land in the ocean off the coast of Florida at around 1:00 pm local time (1700 GMT). The four men—three of whom paid tens of millions of dolla... [More]


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