Ax-1 Private Astronaut Mission Docks at Station

 The Moon is pictured (bottom left) as the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour approaches the station with four Axiom Mission 1 astronauts. Credit: NASA TV
The Moon is pictured (bottom left) as the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour approaches the station with four Axiom Mission 1 astronauts. Credit: NASA TV

After a journey of almost 21 hours, Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria, Larry Connor, Eytan Stibbe, and Mark Pathy arrived at the International Space Station at 8:29 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 9. Crew Dragon Endeavour docked to the orbital complex while the spacecraft were flying about 260 miles above the central Atlantic Ocean.

Dragon Endeavour’s docking was delayed approximately 45 minutes as the space station teams, including mission controllers at NASA and SpaceX, worked to troubleshoot an issue preventing the crew members on station from receiving views from Dragon’s center line camera of the Harmony’s modules docking port. Mission teams worked to route video using a SpaceX ground station to the crew on the space station allowing Dragon to proceed with docking.

Following Dragon’s link up to the Harmony module, NASA astronaut and station commander Tom Marshburn will pressurize the space in between the Dragon and station hatches and perform a leak check before opening the hatches to welcome the private astronaut crew. Coverage of the Ax-1 mission continues on NASA Television, the NASA app, the agency’s website.

Once aboard the station, the Axiom crew will be welcomed by Expedition 67 crew members, including NASA astronauts Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Sergey Korsokov, and Denis Matveev.


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2 thoughts on “Ax-1 Private Astronaut Mission Docks at Station”

  1. Et ce Michael Lopez-Alegria, pourquoi il ne figure pas dans votre article ci-dessus : ” dont les astronautes de la NASA Marshburn, Raja Chari et Kayla Barron , l’astronaute de l’ESA (Agence spatiale européenne) Matthias Maurer et les cosmonautes de Roscosmos Oleg Artemyev , Sergey Korsokov et Denis . Matveïev. sic. Qui est-ce, ce « Michael Lopez-Alegria », et qu’est-ce que vient faire l’Algérie dans ce ctte mission ? Comme la NAZA serait au dessus de tout soupçon, il serait sans aucun doute que la NAZA n’hésiterait aucunement à nous éclaircir à ce sujet…

    1. The first paragraph mentions the four Axiom Mission 1 astronauts, including former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria who is now a private astronaut employed by Axiom Space.

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