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Axiom Ax-1 private mission lands on Ocean

Updated: Apr 26, 2022

Ax-1 C206 Endeavour brought four astronauts after 17-day stay in earth orbit, successfully completing the first all-private astronaut mission to ISS

Ax-1 Splashdown (Credit: SpaceX)

25 April 2022 - The Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) crew and the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft safely splashed down near Jacksonville, off the coast of Florida, at 1:06 p.m. EDT (1706 UTC), Monday, April 25. A SpaceX's support ship "Megan" positioned at recovery zone did the rescue of the capsule and the astronauts from the Ocean. The crew included former NASA astronaut and Axiom vice president Michael Lopez-Alegria, American businessman and Pilot Larry Connor, Canadian investor Mark Pathy and Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe. The 17-day mission, named Ax-1, was the first purely commercial flight to the International Space Station, without representatives of government entities., successfully demonstrating Axiom Space’s ability to integrate with the ISS and conduct useful research.  

Capsule descending deployed the main parachutes, IR view (Credit; SpaceX)

Ax-1 crew extraction from Dragon spacecraft (Credit: SpaceX)