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SpaceX announces second crew member of its all-civilian space mission – The Verge

Hayley Arceneaux, a doctor assistant at St. Jude Kids’s Analysis Hospital, will be a part of the first all-civilian trip to space, SpaceX introduced right now. She’s going to orbit Earth for as much as 5 days within the Crew Dragon capsule as a part of the Inspiration4 mission. Crew members are being chosen primarily based on “mission pillars of management, hope, generosity and prosperity,” in line with the press release for the mission. Arceneaux, SpaceX mentioned, will symbolize hope.

Diagnosed with bone cancer at 10, she had a number of the bones in her left leg changed with titanium as a part of her therapy. She was handled at St. Jude, the place she now works with kids who’re being handled for lymphoma and leukemia. With the upcoming mission, Arceneaux will change into the primary particular person with a prosthetic physique half to go to area.

The mission is slated for late 2021 and if all goes as scheduled, Arceneaux, at 29 years previous, may be the youngest American to go to area. The title of youngest particular person in area would nonetheless go to Gherman Titov, a cosmonaut who was 25 when he orbited Earth.

The choice course of for crew members additionally entails a fundraising effort for St. Jude, with a sweepstakes the place folks can donate to St. Jude for probabilities to be the third member. The fourth crew member would be the winner of a contest sponsored by the billionaire Jared Isaacman, who’s funding and commanding the mission.

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