Recently, SpaceX announced that Hailey Ashnus, an assistant physician at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, will participate in the first civil space tour.
Hayley Ashnus was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 10. To complete the treatment, some bones in her left leg were replaced with titanium. She used to be treated at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and is now working here to treat children with lymphoma and leukemia. In this upcoming mission, she will be the first person to carry a prosthesis into space.
It is reported that the civilian space cruise mission will be completed by SpaceX’s “Dragon” spacecraft, which is planned to consist of 4 members. The mission will begin later in 2021. If everything goes according to the original plan, the 29-year-old Hayley Ashnus may become the youngest American to enter space.
The civilian space cruise mission is planned to launch at Launch Center 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will orbit the earth along a customized flight path every 90 minutes, and each step will be closely monitored by the SpaceX Mission Control Center. At the end of the multi-day journey, the “Dragon” spacecraft will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and land on the soft waters of the Florida coast.
As part of the “Inspiration4” mission, Haley Ashnus will fly around the Earth in the “Dragon” capsule for 5 days. According to related news, the selection criteria for crew members are based on “leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity.” SpaceX stated that Haley Ashnus represents hope.
Hayley Ashnus said in a statement: “It is a great honour for me to join this team formed to accomplish this inspiring task. The seat of St. Judas represents the hope given to me by St. Jude’s Hospital, and it also represents It will continue to bring hope to families around the world. They will find hope at the gates of St. Judas, just like me.”
SpaceX’s “Dragon” spacecraft
The commander of the “Inspiration 4” mission is billionaire Jared Isaacman. He is 38 years old, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, and a successful pilot. He also provided sponsorship funds for the mission: donated two of the four seats of “Inspiration 4” to St. Judas, including the one belonging to Arceneaux.
Isaacman said: “Assemble a unique and diverse team whose personal stories and values will inspire people all over the world. This is the core of this inspiring mission.” In a nutshell, the mission of “Inspiration 4” The name represents the four elements of leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity. It also embodies the mission of the four astronauts, which is to send humanitarian messages and inspire support for St. Judas.
While completing the task of selecting the crew, it also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which will be carried out later this year. People can donate to the hospital through a lottery and get the chance to become the third crew member. The fourth astronaut will be the winner of the competition sponsored by Jared Isaacman. Jared Isaacman pledged to donate $100 million to St. Jude and invite everyone to join his team to support the value of St. Jude. A billion-dollar expansion plan. It is understood that this plan aims to accelerate research progress and save more children in the world.
Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman and the crew of “Inspiration 4” will receive commercial astronaut training from SpaceX on the “Falcon 9” carrier rocket and the “Dragon” spacecraft. They will receive emergency preparedness training and space suits. Training missions such as spacecraft exercises and part and all mission simulations.
”In the early days of mission preparation, I worked with Arceneaux.” Jared Isaacman said, “She is a symbol of the core content that our team wants to represent. She is very interested in the world around her, doing her best to care for others, and I hope all of us can have a better future. She has inspired me. I believe that as we complete this task, she will inspire more people who know her.”
”It is an honor for me to be able to watch Arceneaux grow up and realize her own dream. As a patient, I interned at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and then worked in the Pediatric Oncology Education Project of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has always been a rising star.” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of St. Jude’s Fundraising and Advocacy Organization. “From the very beginning, St. Jude’s Hospital has been at the forefront of innovation and inclusiveness. It is in a leading position in cancer research and treatment, and provides treatment for some very serious children in the world, regardless of their race, ethnicity or family’s ability to pay. Therefore, children like Arceneaux can live a fulfilling life. A healthy and inspiring life. Arceneaux will become an excellent ambassador through this task, and she can more inspire children who are fighting cancer.”