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SpaceX and NASA’s First Private Launch to the Space Station

SpaceX and NASA’s First Private Launch to the Space Station

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The Ax-1 mission will carry three paying passengers and a retired NASA astronaut to orbit for the company Axiom Space.

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On Friday, three men and a retired NASA astronaut will set off on a journey to the International Space Station.

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The mission, known as Axiom-1, represents NASA’s first foray into space tourism aboard the orbital outpost.

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The crew, whose trip was booked through the company Axiom Space, will spend 10 days in orbit, including eight days aboard the station.

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Launch of the Axiom-1 mission is scheduled for 11:17 a.m. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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The astronauts will fly in a SpaceX Crew Dragon, the same capsule used by NASA’s astronauts, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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