Axiom Mission 1 (or #AX1) is a planned private crew mission to the International Space Station (ISS), operated by Axiom Space out of #Axiom Space’s Mission Control Center (or MCC-A) in Houston, TX. The flight will launch no earlier than 8 April 2022 and send four people to the ISS for an eight-day stay: Michael López-Alegría, a professionally trained astronaut hired by Axiom Space, Eytan Stibbe from Israel, Larry Connor from the United States, and Mark Pathy from Canada.
It will launch atop a Falcon 9 Block 5 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A), a NASA-owned launchpad leased to SpaceX for Falcon 9 launches. The mission will be flown aboard Crew Dragon Endeavour, which previously supported the Crew Dragon Demo-2 and SpaceX Crew-2 missions. From there the spacecraft will spend two days in transit to the station and dock with Harmony, where they will then spend eight days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Following their time on the ISS, the spacecraft will undock and return to Earth via a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
During their planned eight days aboard the ISS, the private crew will be conducting more than 25 different research experiments.
The Israeli mission segment is called Rakia, which means sky in Hebrew and is also the title of the book published with Ilan Ramon’s diary fragments that survived the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
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