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Israeli fighter pilot to be part of SpaceX’s private flight for Axiom next year

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Eytan Stibbe, a former Israeli fighter pilot, is a member of an all private crew of Axiom AX1 Mission which SpaceX is scheduled to launch in late 2021, Axiom unveiled in a deal with SpaceX earlier this year.

Eytan Stibbe is going to become the second astronaut from Israel, the first of which was Ilan Ramon, who perished along with the other six members on February 1st, 2003 when Columbia exploded while entering Earth’s atmosphere.

Astronaut Michael-Lopez Alegria, who had been previously working with NASA and flew 4 times into space, will be the mission commander. Stibbe will serve as the Mission Specialist.

The other two members have yet to be announced. NASA had announced that they will be working with Actor Tom Cruise to make a film onboard the International Space Station (ISS); however, it has still not been confirmed that Tom Cruise is one of those two members left.

The mission will last 10 days – comprising 2 days of traveling and 8 days onboard. The cost of the mission has not been revealed by Axiom nor by SpaceX, though the contracts did recently show that it will cost more than $50 million per person and NASA expects to pay SpaceX $55 million per astronaut.

ARTICLE: EJAZ SHAIKH

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