BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – NASA and Axiom Space have signed an order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station no earlier than January 2022.
A teleconference Monday detailed the mission.
A former NASA astronaut and three civilians are said to be heading to the space station where they plan to not only enjoy the view with their $ 55 million bills, but also spend eight days working.
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The head of NASA’s Low Earth Orbit Business Development Program said the Axiom 1 (Ax-1) mission will not be limited to tourism.
âThere are many private professionals who are passionate about improving humanity and would love to do STEM research and activities on board the station,â said Angela Hart.
Eight tourists have already been to the ISS, but it would be the first time civilians linked to a station have launched from Florida.
The billionaires would ride a SpaceX Dragon capsule launched by a Falcon 9 rocket.
Larry Connor is an American billionaire.
He’s made his fortune in real estate and technology, but he’s also a private pilot.
He is 71 and is said to be the second oldest person in space after John Glenn.
âIt’s a unique opportunity. We consider ourselves the first of many, âConnor told CBS News.
Axiom Space said it hopes business competition for space tourism will lower the price of tickets over the years, making space travel more accessible to civilians.
Tom Cruise was originally supposed to be on this mission to film a movie scene on the space station.
Then earlier this year, it was announced that Cruise and his director would not be going to space for an additional year or two.
NASA said training begins this summer and the private crew could be ready for take off as early as January next year.
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