Civilians return to Earth after a two-week trip to the 70 billion won space station

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The first successful round trip to the ISS for civilians… “A turning point in the expansion of the space economy”

Civilians returning to Earth after traveling to the space station

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(Los Angeles = Yonhap News) Correspondent Yoon-seop Jeong = Civilians who traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) for more than two weeks at a cost of nearly 70 billion won returned to Earth safely on the 25th (local time).

The Associated Press reported that four civilians who participated in the ‘AX-1’ mission of Axiom Space, an American company that is promoting a private space station, returned to Earth on the same day in a SpaceX manned capsule.

The spacecraft carrying them departed from the ISS the day before and, after a 16-hour flight, spread a parachute into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, USA.

The civilians returning to Earth include former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria (63), vice president of business development at Axiom, entrepreneur Larry Connor (72), and Israeli Air Force pilot Eitan Steve (64). , Canadian financier Mark Passey (52).

According to the Associated Press and Reuters, Axiom charges between $50 and $60 million (62.6 billion to 75.1 billion won) per seat on the space station, and these civilians each paid $55 million (68.9 billion won). )all.

The scene where the SpaceX manned capsule carrying civilians launches
The scene where the SpaceX manned capsule carrying civilians launches

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They departed from Earth on the 8th and arrived at the space station on the 9th, and initially planned to stay for 8 days, but their return schedule was delayed due to bad weather, so they experienced space for 7 more days.

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This is the first successful round trip trip to the space station by a crew composed entirely of civilians.

“Our amazing adventure was much longer and more exciting than I thought,” Lopez-Alegria said. “It was amazing in many ways and I think it will continue to have an impact on my life.”

Axiom, NASA and SpaceX evaluated the mission as a turning point in the expansion of the space-based private economy, which is called the ‘Low Earth Orbit (LEO) economy’.

Axiom formed a private space station travel team, and SpaceX helped them travel round-trip using its rockets and manned capsules.

NASA provided the Kennedy Space Center as the launch site for the spacecraft, and was responsible for the safety of civilians during their stay on the station.

During this trip, civilians conducted about 20 scientific experiments, biomedical research, and technology demonstrations.

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