The trip, organized by the company, was the second private mission to the orbital outpost. He was accompanied by a former NASA astronaut.
A SpaceX spacecraft carrying a former NASA astronaut and three private clients is headed to the International Space Station. This was reported on May 21 by CNN.
It was learned that the Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon space capsule was successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday afternoon.
This is the second personal trip to the orbital outpost organized by Axiom Space.
The mission crew, called AX-2, is led by 63-year-old Peggy Whitson, a former NASA astronaut and now an Axiom employee.
American businessman John Schoffner and two citizens of Saudi Arabia – oncologist Rayana Barnavi and military pilot Ali al-Karni are also following the ISS.
Barnavi is said to have become the first woman from Saudi Arabia to fly into space. He will conduct some experiments on the ISS.
Ax-2 is going for launch pic.twitter.com/GJZDES7HN4
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 21, 2023
The crew is expected to spend 16 hours aboard Crew Dragon before aligning the craft and docking with the ISS.
Generally, tourists stay at the station for a week.
Watch live as Ax-2 astronauts check-in from orbit https://t.co/c9VZYmlO7J
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 22, 2023
Recall that the first Axiom Space mission was launched in April 2022.
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