Hayley Arceneaux will be the youngest space traveler

Hayley Arceneaux will be the youngest space traveler

Dr. Hayley Arceneaux, medical assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, will be one of the four crew members of SpaceX Falcon 9 that will take off from Florida. Launch is scheduled for later this year and will be the first manned mission to circle the Earth where no one on board is a professional astronaut.

“I wondered if I had gotten a stamp on the passport to go to space, ”said Hayley Arceneaux. “But I don't think I'll be able to have it. So I'll just draw a star and moon in one of my passports “.

This adventure is led by Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old billionaire who announced in January that he had purchased the rocket launch from SpaceX, the space company founded by Elon Musk. Mr. Isaacman declared his will that the mission should be more than a trip for the super rich and that it would give two of the four places available at St. Jude Hospital. In fact, one of the "tickets" will go to the winner of the prize competition to raise funds for the pediatric hospital. This cares for children for free and invests heavily in researching cures for childhood cancers and other diseases that affect the little ones.

Dr. Arceneaux could, therefore, become the youngest American to travel to space , not having yet turned thirty. But that's not all, the woman, in fact, was a patient in St. Jude twenty years ago due to a bone tumor from which she recovered. In the past this condition of her would not have allowed her to travel into space as she could not have met NASA's strict medical standards, reserved for astronauts. The advent of privately funded space missions open to civilians has offered more opportunities to some people who were previously excluded.

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Arceneaux also stated that they would like be an inspiration to little St. Jude patients: “They will be able to see a cancer survivor in space, especially a person who has gone through the same things they experienced,” he said. “It will help them visualize their future ".

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