SpaceX sends this April 8 to the crew of the AX-1, the first completely private mission to the International Space Station (ISS), where he will spend 8 days with the astronauts of the NASA Yes Roscosmos in activity.
The flight will be made in a Falcon 9 rocket and in a Crew Dragon capsule, which will connect to the ISS in a procedure hitherto only performed by astronauts.
Axiom and space tourism to another level
The mission is on behalf of the company Axiom Space, that seeks to coordinate (and sell) wholly private space projects for work, scientific, or even entertainment purposes.
The four men who will participate in this new mission are Michael López-Alegría from the United States and Spain, Larry Connor from the United States, Eytan Stibbe from Israel and Mark Pathy from Canada.
In previous announcements, it was revealed that they will each pay $55 million for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of staying aboard the International Space Station†
however, the NASA you also throw money on this flight, because you pay Axiom $1.69 million for mission-related services, such as transporting supplies to the spacecraft.
The total mission is 10 days including return flights, but it will be 8 days living with the current crew of the ISS.
There they will conduct scientific experiments, also some commercial activities, and promote STEM education. In addition, they will also be objects of analysis with the brain reading helmets.
Collaborations with the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Montreal Children’s Hospital will study the effects of microgravity on aging, heart health, spinal and brain tissue, chronic pain and sleep disorders. The team will also “exploit the accelerated aging aspects of the microgravity environment to assess precancerous and early cancerous changes in tumor organoids” and test a new air purification system, among other things.
In general, they will be the precursors of tourist trips to various locations outside the Earth.
At age 71, Larry Connor will be one of the longest-lived humans to go to space. Director of The Connor Group, a luxury condominium investment company with more than $3 billion in assets, Connor He also co-founded two financial technology companies and founded The Connor Group Kids & Community Partners, which serves underprivileged youth in the communities where his company operates.
On the other hand, Eytan Stibbe he becomes the second Israeli to go into space. The first was his friend Ilan Ramon, who died tragically on the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.
path, The 50-year-old will be the 11th Canadian to fly into space, following nine Canadian space agency astronauts and the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, who became Canada’s first so-called “space tourist” in 2009. He is the chief executive and chairman of Mavrik, a privately held finance and investment company, and is the chairman of the board of directors for the Stingray Group, a music, media and technology company, both based in Montreal.
last, Lopez-Alegria he will be the first former NASA astronaut to return to orbit on the ISS. At the age of 63 he becomes a mission commander†
your own station
Axiom plans to release a habitat module to meet the ISS in 2024 called Harmony. However, his goals go further, with the intention of creating his own space station with private money.
After the ship’s retirement in 2030, the space station will separate from the outpost to form the world’s first privately developed, internationally available, free-flying space station, the central hub of a network of research, production and trade in the near future. a low job,” said Axiom.
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