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 sent four private astronauts to the ISS: 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.
On Sunday, April 24 at 9:10 p.m. ET (00:10 UTC Monday, April 25), Dragon and the Ax-1 astronauts undocked from the International Space Station to return to Earth. After performing a series of burns to move away from the space station, Dragon will conduct multiple orbit-lowering maneuvers, jettison its trunk, and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere before landing off the coast of Florida 16 hours later at approximately 1:06 p.m. ET on Monday, April 25.
It launched 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.
4:53 Show Starts
19:46 Deorbit burn
28:05 My Starship is in pieces
1:35:09 Water hoist
1:46:03 Hatch open
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