Breaking news! NASA select Second Private Astronaut Mission to Space Station

Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA

Breaking news! NASA select Second Private Astronaut Mission to Space Station! The latest NASA announcement comes with the best news! The US space agency is now in the process of selecting astronauts for its second private mission to the ISS (International Space Station). NASA has selected Axiom Space for its second private astronaut mission on the International Space Station, according to the latest NASA announcement. 

The news comes very quickly, even faster than many expected, but it's welcome! The mission will be called Mission Axiom 2 (Ax-2), and at this time we are discussing the budget, launch, technical things, the rocket with which the mission will be launched and much more. The exact date is unknown, but NASA estimates that the mission will be launched between the fall of 2022 and the end of spring 2023. Like many other NASA missions, it will be launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and astronauts should stay on the ISS for about 14 days (2 weeks). NASA claims that all this mission will include scientific research and information activities, in addition to which NASA is also negotiating with Axiom for what activities the astronauts will do in orbit. 

Even these days, NASA and Axion will see which astronauts they will select, which will then have to pass medical tests. Then they will go through several tests administered by NASA. Prior to this mission, NASA has another mission with Axiom. What is Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), according to NASA will be launched somewhere on February 21, 2022. Even if this mission comes in approx. 2 months and a week, the astronauts don't know each other yet. They are still working on NASA training tests and will most likely complete them this month or next. 

In addition to these two missions, NASA should also schedule a third mission with Axiom, as discussed in June 2021. However, this mission will most likely be launched after 2023. And NASA has announced that it will create a new flight opportunity in the future! 

We wish good luck to NASA and Axiom and the astronauts! 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 14 December 2021, at 09:38 am Los Angeles time

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