The Ax-1 mission has arrived at its destination outside of Earth.
A SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying four objects Ax-1 missionary The astronauts were arrested with the International Space Station (ISS) at 8:29 am EDT (1229 GMT) today (April 9), completing an orbital run that began Friday morning (April 8) with a launch on a Falcon 9 rocket. The recording was delayed by about 44 minutes due to a video problem at the scene, but everything went smoothly.
“I think you enjoyed half orbit on Dragon, or it seemed memorable,” the SpaceX pilots said after the recording.
“We’re excited to be here, even though we’re a little late,” said Ax-1 missionary Michael López-Alegría, a NASA astronaut and astronaut. “Looking forward to the next chapter. Thanks for all the great work.” He and his team flew SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor to the airport.
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Ax-1, which is organized by Houston-based Axiom Space company, is the first independent full-scale flight to the airport. At López-Alegría, the Ax-1crew also included Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe, who were each paid about $ 55 million for the trip.
As the Ax-1 crew approached launch, aerial photographs captured spectacular views of the aircraft at sunrise, and half a moon in the air. remote.
Aerial views have been to the ISS before, but not like this: There are first -time customers there on Russia Soyuz spacecraft commanded by cosmonauts used by Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency.
López-Alegría debate the nature Connor, Pathy and Stibbe act as “aerial explorers,” along the way, insisting that the three have studied hard for missionary work and are doing some important scientific work during their eight days on board. on the ISS.
Earlier Saturday, López-Alegría said the laughter had not stopped since the departure.
“I think there are smiles that the sailors are wearing this morning,” he said.
The crew spent their first day in the air to change the stress -free environment, and they found some amazing things.
“I tried to eat a muffin this morning,” Connor said. “That’s not what was expected.”
Ax-1 colleagues did not enter the orbiting chamber; the fences between the Dragon and the ISS will be opened about two hours after landing.
Ax-1 is just the beginning for Axiom Space, if everything goes according to plan. The company was attached to several other aircraft on the ISS with SpaceXand expects to begin releasing the modules to the orbiting space by the end of 2024. These modules will be separate from the ISS, and become a free retail store in the low -lying world.
Ax-1 is not the first orbital orbital mission of any kind. That difference goes to Development4, a four -man plane sponsored and commanded by billionaire technician Jared Isaacman. He and his companions traveled around Earth for nearly three days in September 2021 aboard a Dragon spacecraft, not affiliated with the ISS.
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