For Hayley Arceneaux, the stars seem to be lining up all the time. She struggled with bone cancer at the age of 10, and then grew up and worked as a physician assistant in childhood oncology at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She also accepted the same. treatment.
It seems that this is not enough to thank her lucky star. The 29-year-old Arceneaux was selected from hundreds of other employees by the staff of St. Jude to represent the famous hospital in the first ever national space flight arranged by SpaceX. , The time is the end of 2021.
Inspiration4 is a private, multi-day tour, sightseeing and research trip into low Earth orbit, purchased by Jared Isaacman, CEO of payment processing company Shift4Payments, as a large-scale fundraising event for St. Jude’s.
There will be four seats in the Dragon Capsule, symbolically representing the four pillars. For obvious reasons, the pillar of Arceneaux will become the pillar of hope. The other two seats have not yet been allocated, but one of the seats will be donated to St. Jude’s for a certain amount of sweepstakes, and the other will be donated to random business owners who use the Isaacman payment service.
“My battle with cancer really prepared me for space travel,” Arceneaux said in an interview Associated Press. “It makes me uncomfortable, and then I think it really taught me to look forward to the unexpected and move on.”
Arceneaux hopes to show the children of St. Jude that “the sky is no longer the limit,” tells the Associated Press that “seeing these space survivors is of great significance to these children.”
The final assembled team will receive rigorous training in all aspects required to operate in all aspects of the SpaceX Dragon capsule under the unique conditions of space.
A series of firsts
Like most aerospace, Arceneaux will set a series of precedents. Become the youngest American woman and the youngest American to withdraw from the earth-surpassing Sally Ride, who was only 32 years old in 1983.
She will also become the first American astronaut to use a prosthesis. In the battle with bone cancer, she needed knee surgery. Now she has a titanium rod on her thighbone, and occasionally there will be pains there.
Inspiration4 is also the first fully civilian space flight and the first privately chartered space flight. Isaacman announced the mission on February 1, stating that he hopes to raise $200 million for St. Jude, of which $100 million comes from his own property.
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“In the first few days of preparation for the mission, I was with Hayley, so she is everything that our team will represent. She is interested in the world around her, is committed to taking care of others, and hopes that all of us have a better future. ,” Isaacman said in a statement. “She has inspired me, and I believe she will inspire many others in the course of our mission.”
Several reports pointed out that Arceneaux (a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a huge space exploration enthusiast) was disturbed by St. Jude’s at home.
NPR explained in detail that she first passed this idea to her mother, as well as her brothers and sisters, all of whom are aerospace engineers. They assured her the safety of space flight.
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“Joining the Inspiration4 team is an incredible honor,” Arceneaux said. “This seat represents hope St. Jude Gave me-and continues to bring hope to families all over the world, like me, they are passing St. Jude. “
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