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Axiom Space is launching the first all-commercial mission to the ISS

Axiom Space is launching the first all-commercial mission to the ISS

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The first all-private mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is launching on 8 April aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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The mission, organised by a US company called Axiom Space, will be crewed by one retired NASA astronaut now employed by Axiom and three wealthy entrepreneurs

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The astronaut, Michael López-Alegría, will be the commander of the Axiom-1 mission.

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During his career at NASA, he flew aboard the Space Shuttle three times and visited the ISS once.

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He performed 10 spacewalks over the course of those missions, the most of any NASA astronaut to date.

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The mission’s pilot will be US investor and private pilot Larry Connor. The two other passengers will serve as mission specialists

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