Only 29 years old, Hayley Arceneaux, medical assistant and survivor of childhood bone cancer, will soon become one of the youngest people to fly in space thanks to SpaceX.
Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, will travel with SpaceX this year as part of the company’s first all-civilian mission, dubbed Inspiration4. The 37-year-old entrepreneur who is also a pilot will command a crew of four baptized aboard a Crew Dragon capsule.
The billionaire will donation of the other three seats available. One has just been awarded to one of the employees at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, USA, which treats children free of charge for cancer and other illnesses.
Cancer survivor and younger American
The lucky one is called Hayley Arceneaux. She is a medical assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, the same institution that treated her from a bone cancer in 2002 when she was only ten years old. She will also become the first person equipped with prostheses to go into space, notes the New York Times. Metal rods replace parts of his left tibia-fibula.
Private flights such as those offered by SpaceX can now offer the possibility for people with disabilities to be able to fly into space. Remember also that Philippe Croizon, disabled athlete, could also join a Crew Dragon capsule soon thanks to Elon Musk.
“I really hope to show [aux patients atteints de cancer infantile] that the sky is not even the limit ”, said the young woman. “They can do anything. I never thought I could go to space. Until now, you really had to be on top physically. This mission changes things ”.
Finally, Hayley Arceneaux will also be the youngest American to fly in space, blowing the record for the astronaut Sally Ride, who was only 31 years old for her first flight in 1983. The cosmonaut of the Soviet Union, Gherman Titov, for his part, still holds the record for youngest space traveler. The latter was not yet 26 years old when he embarked on board the Soviet vessel Vostok 2, in August 1961.
A journey around the Earth
Remember that a second seat will be allocated to a member of the public via a fundraising draw. In addition, the billionaire himself pledged to give $ 100 million from his personal fortune to the structure. To learn more, visit Inspiration4 website.
For this mission, SpaceX will use its “Resilience” capsule (seen above), currently docked at the ISS, which has just broken a 47-year-old record. The spacecraft will take off on top of a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will spend approximately two to four days to circumnavigate the Earth, then will come back down to land at sea. You have understood that there is no question of joining the ISS yet.