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First private space crew paying$55 million eachto fly to International space station

First private space crew paying$55 million eachto fly to International space station
The Siliconreview
28 January, 2021

The first private space station crew was introduced recently. Three men who are flying to the spaceare paying $55 million to fly on a SpaceX rocket.They'll be led by a former NASA astronaut now working for Axiom Space, the Houston Company that arranged the trip for next January. This is the first private flight to the international space station.

The proposed Ax-1 mission will use a SpaceX rocket to put three paying customers American Larry Connor, Canadian Mark Pathy, and Israeli EytanStibbeinto low-Earth orbit on the space station. All of the trios are wealthy entrepreneurs and investors. The group will be under the command of López-Alegría, who is now an executive at Axiom.It would be the first time an entirely private mission sends astronauts to the International Space Station.

Russia sold the first ride to the station to a private citizen, American businessman Dennis Tito, in 2001.All of the private astronauts for the upcoming mission are far older than the average NASA astronaut's age of 34. The space agency does not have age restrictions for astronaut candidates, who generally range from 26 to 46 years old. At 70, Connor is surpassed in age only by John Glenn, who flew on the space shuttle when he was 77.