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Axiom-1: 1st all-private crewed mission to space station ready to launch from Space Coast

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Florida Space Coast is days away from a first of its kind, an all-private mission to the International Space Station.

The crew of Axiom-1 will spend eight days docked at the ISS performing more than two-dozen science experiments.

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The crew said they aren’t tourists, they’re private astronauts.

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Axiom-1 is scheduled to lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday.

The crew is in quarantine ahead of a planned launch from the Kennedy Space Center, but held a virtual press conference on Friday.

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“This is opening a new era in spaceflight,” said Axiom-1 commander Michael López-Alegría. “We are taking the first step in a next generation platform initiative that’s going to bring working, living and research in space to a much broader and more international audience.”

López-Alegría is the commander for the Axiom-1 mission, and he also happens to be a retired NASA astronaut.

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He’s flying to the ISS with philanthropist Mark Pathy, former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe and entrepreneur Larry Connor.

Axiom-1 is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center at 12:05 p.m., pending range approval.

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