All-Private Astronaut Team Set for Landmark Launch to Space Station

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA )is an independent agency of the U.S federal government responsible for the civilian space program , as well as aeronautics  and space research.

NASA was established in the year 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for aeronautics NACA. The new agency was to have a distinctly civilian orientation, encouraging peaceful applications in space science.

NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion spacecraft , the space Launch system, Commercial crew vehicles, and the planned Lunar Gateway space station.

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The agency is also responsible for the launch services program , which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for uncrewed NASA launches.

A SpaceX rocket ship was due for liftoff on Friday carrying four men approved by NASA to become the first all-private astronaut team ever launched to the International Space Station (ISS), a milestone in the commercialization of space.

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NASA and SpaceX launched the first mission with an all-private crew to the International Space Station on Friday. They are sending a former NASA astronaut and three paying customers aboard. The crew is comprised of former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría as commander, Larry Connor as pilot, and Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe as mission specialists.

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The mission, known as Axiom-1, represents NASA’s first foray into space tourism aboard the orbital outpost. The crew’s trip was booked through the company Axiom Space. They will spend 10 days in orbit, including eight days aboard the station.

It was said that the Space Launch System rocket  that will head to the moon for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission, right, and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that just carried Ax-1 to orbit.

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But the large NASA moon rocket isn’t going anywhere yet. It needs to complete a dress rehearsal for its future launch, which will resume in the coming days.

 

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