SpaceX Sends First Tourists to ISS

A SpaceX rocket carrying three paying customers and a veteran NASA astronaut has taken off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday morning and now is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). 

According to SpaceX, the Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission was the first all-private human spaceflight mission on the ISS. 

The four-man team will be on a 10-day stay at the ISS where the “crew will conduct approximately 25 experiments focused on human research, life and physical sciences, technology demonstrations, & Earth observations that will expand microgravity research to new sectors”, according to a tweet by Axiom Space. 

Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former NASA astronaut turned Axiom employee is directing the trip.

Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe; Canadian investor Mark Pathy; and Ohio-based real estate magnate Larry Connor were on board with Lopez-Alegria.

According to a tweet from SpaceX, the team is now in orbit and has completed the phasing burn. 

The rocket will still perform a series of burns on the way to the ISS for a targeted docking at 7:45 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 9. 

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