The three first -time astronauts in the first commercial group arrived to visit the International Space Station aboard the orbiting outpost on Saturday (April 9), where they were immediately arrested as astronauts. the latest in the world.
Axiom-1 (Ax-1) commander Michael López-Alegría, the first NASA agent to return to the airport, marked their arrival with a brief pinning event honoring his colleagues Larry Connor of Ohio, Mark Pathy of Canada and Eytan Stibbe were the second citizen to fly in the air. The four arrived in space at SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor, which was released from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday (April 8).
“I have to tell you this is real knowledge,” said López-Alegría, as he floated with his three Ax-1 colleagues and seven members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 67. “No. I can begin to describe the pleasure of being in Dragon for the last day or so, looking into these eyes in the light. “
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Connor, Pathy and Stibbe’s eyes lit up again as López-Alegría saw each other as official spectators.
“There’s a tradition that when you go to a border – and that border can be argued, but in the United States it’s at 50 miles – you become an astronaut. [by] high, and these three giants had it for the first time yesterday, “Lopez-Alegría said.” Some time ago, the Association of Space Explorers, which includes 38 members of other countries, decided to fly astronauts. order a pin (opens on new page) and three of them are in my hand.
When each Ax-1 astronaut was arrested, they spoke briefly about arriving at their new home and research base for the next eight days.
“I’m excited and excited to be here,” said Connor, who is only the second personal astronaut to serve as a pilot of an orbital plane. “Thanks to SpaceX for an amazing trip. Me, no pun intended, but [it was] from this world. “
“We have to see this,” he added, ‘but we know we have a responsibility and a responsibility for this first civil society to make it happen. And that’s our full firm, with the support of everyone on the ISS and around the world. So it was a very busy week of research for us and I knew it was flying. “
During their time at the base, Ax-1 members plan to participate in a multi-disciplinary science program supported by the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Canadian Space Agency, Montreal Children’s. Hospital, Ramon Foundation and Israel Space Agency. They will also lead operations for Axiom Space, the Houston -based space services company that organized their flight as a first step in its plan to develop a commercial space center.
NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, captain of Expedition 67, welcomed Axiom-1 members to the site to see the milestone they will be on.
“We were all very excited to have Axiom on board,” Marshburn said, speaking on behalf of his American, European and Russian colleagues. “On this famous day, we look forward to a long -term partnership with NASA, with our planetary partners, with private teams and private astronauts.”
“So we were ready to go to work,” he said.
The Axiom’s arrival was delayed by about 45 minutes on Saturday due to a problem with the cannon fodder from outside the Dragon. SpaceX pilots in Hawthorne, California were able to find a workaround and the docking was completed at 8:29 am EDT (1229 GMT).
“Everything I can say has been well done by the entire team,” said Kathy Lueders, managing director for NASA’s aerospace team, who participated in the hospitality event from Johnson Space Center in Houston. “I know there are a lot of things the team has planned to do next week and this is important for us, to be able to work as a team.”
Axiom Space co-founder, president and CEO Michael Suffredini, who previously served as NASA’s director for the aerospace project, shared similar views.
“We’ve been talking about this historical project for a long time, so we’re going to stop talking now and continue the work,” Suffredini said, speaking to groups at the airfield. “So you have a great missionary.”
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