The mission was originally supposed to be 10 days, eight of which were on board, which extended to 12 in space and which may now be even longer as the return to Earth has just been postponed. Axiom Space, which is promoting its first all-private mission to the International Space Station in partnership with NASA and SpaceX, said the departure of four “space tourists” has been postponed. No return date has been set yet.
Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, American businessman Larry Connor, and former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe, accompanied by operation commander and former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, are the protagonists of this special mission, ushering in a new era in space travel. , they left the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 8 to plan an eight-day stay on the ISS.
Everything went according to plan, the Crew Dragon was launched into orbit with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, after which it traveled independently to the space station with the launch of several engines to align it. The following days were spent on various activities on board, along with other astronauts on the ISS, as well as various experiments.
“Astrotourists” also communicate with various organizations, schools, and the media, sharing their experiences of space. In an interview with an orbital laboratory for a group of students, they were fully “available” for their upcoming lunar journey.
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After months of training in their intense spaceflight, the “astrotourists” were able to conduct scientific experiments on board in addition to commercial and promotional activities. According to the information shared, about 25 experiments were planned in the fields of health and life, as well as technological demonstrations and global observations that could contribute to the expansion of scientific research and development in microgravity.