Axiom Mission 1 (or Ax-1), set to lift off at 11:17 a.m. EDT (15:17 UTC) April 8, is the first all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station. Ax-1 is launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule.
During their eight-day stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, crew members Larry Connor, Michael López-Alegría, Mark Pathy, and Eytan Stibbe will engage in technology demonstrations and scientific experiments ranging from robotics to data modeling for future cancer research.
Today’s [tomorrow’s] launch coverage is led by Axiom Space, with support from NASA and SpaceX; NASA’s primary mission responsibilities begin during Endeavour’s approach to the International Space Station, the start of Ax-1 integrated operations. Learn more about NASA’s role in Ax-1 and how we’re working with our industry partners to open low-Earth orbit to more people, more science, and more commercial opportunities: https://go.nasa.gov/3ubIqhP
Comment: You can watch this launch tomorrow right from the above embedded YouTube video… I hope. That still from the video is impressive enough with two different rockets on the pad. I still think the video of two Falcon boosters landing next to each other is one of the most impressive and inspiring space events I have see recently. But it still doesn’t approach the thrill of hearing Walter Cronkite narrating the first manned Moon landing over a transistor radio while laying on a pine covered hill watching the full Moon. I’ll cherish that moment always.