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The first mission to the International Space Station - Pirates invade the International Space Station - Guide

The first mission to the International Space Station – Pirates invade the International Space Station – Guide

It’s space first! For the first time, a purely special mission has reached the International Space Station (ISS). Four men from Axiom Mission 1 have been in space since yesterday aboard the Dragon space capsule of SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk.

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The International Space Station is becoming more and more commercial in nature: there are now four men there on special missions. The station orbits the Earth at an altitude of about 400 kmPhoto: – / d

These are the four astronauts: Michael Lopez-Alegria, Larry Connor, Eitan Stipe and Mark Bathy. They were greeted by the seven astronauts currently stationed on the International Space Station, including German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will remain in space until the end of April. The cost of a private trip to the International Space Station, including a week’s stay and full board, is about 50 million euros – per person!

Who are the four pirates?

Larry Connor (72) American real estate and technology businessman whose corporate headquarters are in Dayton, Ohio. Eitan Step He is a colonel and combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Also works as Entrepreneur (Mutual Funds, Social Ventures), Consultant and Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) based in Geneva. Mark Bathy (52) Canadian businessman. He is the president of Mavrik, a Canadian investment firm.

Michael Lopez Allegria is the only professional astronaut. He was last in space in 2007. The former Marine is a man of great experience, which is why he heads the special mission.


A Falcon 9 rocket will be launched with pirates on board from the US Space Station in Cape Canaveral

A Falcon 9 rocket will be launched with pirates on board from the US Space Station in Cape CanaveralPhoto: Steve Neese/Reuters

Even Axiom, which planned the trip, wants to build its own space station in space. The first module will be launched into space as early as 2024 and will initially be linked to the International Space Station. According to the company, it could fly independently at a later date.

The four men will spend about a week aboard the space station, where they will also conduct several science experiments.

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