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First Private Crewed Space Station Mission, Launches Successfully

First Private Crewed Space Station Mission, Launches Successfully

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A pioneering astronaut mission is on its way to the International Space Station.

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None of Ax-1's four crewmembers are government spaceflyers. It's the first-ever fully private crewed mission to launch to the orbiting lab.

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"Together, a new chapter begins," Axiom Space's Jon Rackham said during a webcast of the launch today. "Godspeed, Ax-1!"

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With the picture-perfect liftoff, the crew officially began a 10-day journey that will include eight days aboard the International Space Station.

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Ax-1's SpaceX Dragon capsule is set to dock with the orbiting lab around 7:45 a.m. EDT (1145 GMT) tomorrow (April 9).

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Ax-1 is commanded by retired NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, who is now vice president of business development for Axiom.

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