SpaceX today announced that Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will participate in the first universal space journey. As part of the Inspiration4 mission, she will orbit the Earth in the Crew Dragon capsule for up to five days. According to the mission’s press release, the selection of the crew is based on the “mission pillar of leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity”. SpaceX said that Arceneaux will represent hope.
When she was diagnosed with bone cancer, some bones in her left leg were replaced by titanium, which was part of the treatment. She was treated in St. Jude and now works with children who are being treated for lymphoma and leukemia. With the upcoming mission, Arceneaux will be the first person to implant a prosthesis in space.
The selection process of the crew also involves raising funds for St. Jude. During the lucky draw, people can donate to St. Jude and have a chance to become the third member. The fourth crew member will be the winner of a competition sponsored by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who will fund and direct the mission.