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Space Station Welcomes First All-Private Astronaut Team

Space Station Welcomes First All-Private Astronaut Team

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The first all-private team of astronauts ever launched to the International Space Station (ISS) arrived safely at the orbiting research platform

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The rendezvous came about 21 hours after the four-man team representing Houston-based startup company Axiom Space Inc.

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lifted off on Friday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, riding atop a SpaceX-launched Falcon 9 rocket.

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The final approach was delayed by a technical glitch that disrupted a video feed used to monitor the capsule’s rendezvous with ISS.

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The snafu forced the Crew Dragon to pause and hold its position 20 metres away from the station for about 45 minutes while mission control trouble-shooted the issue.

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The Axiom mission also stands as SpaceX’s sixth human space flight in nearly two years, following four NASA astronaut missions to the space station and the “Inspiration 4” launch in September

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