She will be the youngest American astronaut, and the first pediatric cancer survivor to be launched into orbit. Hayley Arceneaux, 29, will become, by the end of the year, one of the first “space tourists” to fly without the presence of a professional.
Due to bone cancer contracted as a child, she wears steel rods in her left leg, which in the still recent past would have been enough to destroy her dreams of space. This was without counting on Jared Isaacman, a young American billionaire passionate about space exploration, who chartered a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at his own expense and decided to welcome three other people on board.
The first elected to this unprecedented mission, called Inspiration4 and which is due to take off at the end of 2021, is Hayley. “I received a surprise phone call in early January. They explained the idea of the mission to me and basically I was asked: ‘Do you want to go to space?’ “Says Hayley Arceneaux, who now works in a hospital. , as a medical assistant.
As a child, she had visited the NASA center in Houston, Texas. “Of course, I wanted to be an astronaut. But then, a few months later, I was diagnosed with cancer and it really changed my world, ”she says.
One round of the earth every 90 minutes
“To be the youngest American woman to go to space is a great honor, but honestly, what appeals to me the most is being the first pediatric cancer survivor to go to space. will mean for the kids who are being treated for cancer, ”she adds.
The last two members of the mission will be a donor of the fundraising organized for St Jude, drawn by lot, and a person wishing to start a business to “change the world”, selected by a jury. They should be known next month and start training with Jared Isaacman and Hayley right away.
The mission, scheduled for the end of the year, is slated to last several days, and space tourists will circle the Earth every 90 minutes in low orbit. At the end of this, the Dragon capsule, the same model as the one that succeeded last November in orbiting four astronauts en route to the International Space Station, will enter the atmosphere for a sea landing. off the coast of Florida.
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