NASA is about to launch its first space tourism mission to the International Space Station (ISS), and you can follow the entire event.
The 10-day mission, organized by Texas-based Axiom Space and using SpaceX hardware, will launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at midday on Friday, April 8.
The crew consists of Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, American entrepreneur Larry Connor and former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe, as well as mission commander and former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría.
Pathy, Connor and Stibbe have reportedly paid a staggering $55 million for the trip of a lifetime.
The crew members have undergone months of intensive training for the Ax-1 mission and will spend their time in orbit conducting scientific research, public relations and commercial activities.
Several cameras will broadcast the events live on Friday at the launch site. It will likely include the astronauts making their way to the Crew Dragon capsule, taking their seats and making final preparations for the all-important launch that will take the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, workhorse, capsule and crew towards the ISS will blow up.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft will arrive at the space station early Saturday, April 9th.
The Ax-1 mission launches Friday, April 8 at 11:17 a.m. ET (8:17 a.m. PT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
You can view events by launching or visiting the embedded video player at the top of this page SpaceX’s live feedthat contain the same content. The broadcast begins at approximately 7:45 a.m. ET (4:45 a.m. PT).
Schedule changes may occur at the last minute due to poor weather conditions or technical issues. Check NASA’s Twitter feed for the latest updates.
Docking with the ISS is expected to occur around 6:45 a.m. ET (3:45 a.m. PT) on Saturday, April 9. The live stream will include the hatch opening and welcome ceremony when the Ax-1 crew first enters the ISS.
To get you in the mood for the launch of Ax-1, check out NASA’s recently released cinematic trailer for the upcoming mission.
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