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AGREEMENT WITH THE NASA FOR THE FIRST PRIVATE ASTRONAUT MISSION

AGREEMENT WITH THE NASA FOR THE FIRST PRIVATE ASTRONAUT MISSION

Context

Recently, Axiom Space has signed an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the first Private Astronaut Mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Details

  • Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) will be carried out in 2022 and will be launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Axiom astronauts will get to spend eight days on the ISS following the docking of the spacecraft.
  • The mission aims to commercialise the travel to low-Earth orbit and expand access to serious, non-traditional users.

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • It  is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.
  • It was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

About International Space Station

  • A habitable artificial satellite.
  • It is the single largest man-made structure in low earth orbit.
  • It circles the Earth in roughly 92 minutes and completes 15.5 orbits per day.
  • Joint Project of NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).
  • It is expected to operate until 2030.

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