In October of this year, four civilians are expected to be launched on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on the Falcon 9 rocket. The mission will be directed by 38-year-old Jared Isaacman, an experienced pilot and the founder and CEO of credit card processing company Shift4Payments. There were three other civilians who performed this pioneering task with the entrepreneur, the first of which has been confirmed recently.
In a statement on Monday, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital revealed that Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant and cancer survivor, would join Isaacman as a medical staff member of the crew. As long as the mission is completed, Arceneaux will be the youngest person to enter space in history. She will also be the first person to use a prosthesis for implantation, which reminds her of her previous battle with cancer.
Meet with commercial astronaut Hayley Arceneaux. She is an amazing person, and I know she will be the inspiration for the whole people. Not only those who have dreams, but also all those who need hope when facing challenges in life. Haili, welcome to visit @ inspiration4x pic.twitter.com/t02LFuU7mm
— Jared Isakman (@rookisaacman) February 22, 2021
Akanox was only 10 years old when she had surgery in St. Jude to replace her knee and received a titanium rod on her left thighbone. Although she still has legs and occasional leg pain, SpaceX has been allowed to fly.speak Associated Press, She pointed out that her fight against cancer did prepare her for the challenges of space travel.
“My battle with cancer really prepared me for space travel. It made me feel bad, and then I also think it really taught me to look forward to unexpected opportunities and move on,” she said, adding that through Inspiration4 mission, she aims to prove to young patients and other cancer survivors that “the sky is no longer the limit.”
Arceneaux pointed out: “For these children, seeing the survivors in space means a lot.”
Representing the mission pillar of Hope, #Inspiration4 has appointed its first crew member-@StJude’s cancer survivor and physician assistant. The generosity and prosperity seats remain open until 2/28. Visit https://t.co/ECwhGyITJ2 for more information. https://t.co/QTkPvgn3EV pic.twitter.com/S7wYViXTLg
— Inspiration4 (@ inspiration4x) February 22, 2021
Isaacman announced Inspiration4 on February 1st and pledged to raise 200 million US dollars for St. Jude, half of which came from his personal donations. As the commander of the mission, the founder and CEO of Shift4Payments chose to provide St. Jude with one of four Crew Dragon capsules. Rick Shadyac, president of St. Jude’s fundraising organization, pointed out that Arceneaux was selected from the “scores” of hospitals and fundraising employees who were previously patients and can effectively represent the next generation.
According to the information on the Inspiration4 mission website, the crew will conduct experiments in space to expand humans’ understanding of the universe. Crew Dragon’s 365-pound cargo capacity will be allocated to crew necessities and scientific equipment dedicated to microgravity research experiments. The mission is to allocate maximum quality to its research goals, which should provide space for stimulating projects that “cannot overcome the high obstacles of traditional space-based research”. The crew may stay in the orbit of the earth for about 2-4 days.
Now that the two staff of Inspiration4 have been identified, they are searching for the remaining two seats of Crew Dragon. Isaman pointed out that he plans to reveal the last two crew members of a civil space mission sometime in March. It is expected to take off at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center around October.
Watch Hayley Arceneaux’s interview with NBC NEWS TODAY in the video below.
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