First Private Astronaut Mission to Visit International Space Station

The International Space Station continues to prepare for the arrival of SpaceX’s Axiom Space-1 (Ax-1) private astronauts crew on Saturday.

With the use of the Dragon Endeavour rocket, the world’s first private astronaut mission will launch on Friday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

NASA’s Expedition 67 crew will welcome the Ax-1 crew, comprised of Michael Lopez-Alegria, the commander of Ax-1 and former NASA astronaut, Pilot Larry Connor, and Mission Specialists Eytan Stibbe and Mark Pathy.

The Ax-1 crew will spend nine days aboard the station executing science experiments and commercial tasks as part of a contract.

The station’s seven residents continue their research into psychology, combustion, and robotics, and a pair of spacewalks are also planned at the end of the month for the orbiting crew.

“All systems are looking good for tomorrow’s Falcon 9 launch of the Ax-1 mission to the Space Station,” said SpaceX on Twitter.

The Ax-1 crew will undock inside Endeavour at the end of their mission, reenter Earth’s atmosphere, and parachute to a splashdown off the coast of Florida

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