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All-civilian Ax-1 crew arrive on the space station

By T.K. Randall
April 10, 2022 · Comment icon 2 comments

There are now 11 people aboard the space station. Image Credit: NASA
NASA's first foray into space tourism has gone without a hitch with the crew of four now safely aboard the ISS.
The mission, which launched on Friday, saw three civilians and a former astronaut soar into the heavens from Florida's Kennedy Space Center aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.

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

They were joined by former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria who served as commander.

The trip, which cost each crew member a whopping $55 million, has provided them with the opportunity to spend 10 days aboard the International Space Station where they will conduct a number of scientific experiments and experience what it is like to live and work in space.
Given the nature of the mission, there has been some debate over whether the crew will be considered genuine astronauts or if they will simply be deemed space tourists.

Their journey is certainly different to the typical suborbital offerings of Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.

"This mission is very different from what you may have heard of in some of the recent - especially suborbital - missions," said Lopez-Alegria. "We are not space tourists."

"I think there's an important role for space tourism, but it is not what Axiom is about."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters 2 years ago
They launched on Friday (yesterday) The link includes a video of the launch.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 2 years 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 dol... [More]

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