SpaceX and NASA Launch First Private Mission to the Space Station

SpaceX and NASA Launch First Private Mission to the Space Station

SpaceX is about to launch tourists to the International Space Station.

SpaceX is about to launch tourists to the International Space Station.

A SpaceX rocket carrying three paying customers and a former NASA astronaut is slated to take off

A SpaceX rocket carrying three paying customers and a former NASA astronaut is slated to take off

from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday morning, April 8

kicking off a first-of-its-kind mission

kicking off a first-of-its-kind mission

that will take the group on a 10-day mission to the International Space Station.

that will take the group on a 10-day mission to the International Space Station.

The Ax-1 mission will be the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station.

The Ax-1 mission will be the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station.

On board this mission, called AX-1,

On board this mission, called AX-1,

will be Michael Lopez-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut turned Axiom employee who is commanding the mission

will be Michael Lopez-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut turned Axiom employee who is commanding the mission

Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe;

Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe;

Canadian investor Mark Pathy;

Canadian investor Mark Pathy;

and Ohio-based real estate magnate Larry Connor.

and Ohio-based real estate magnate Larry Connor.