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Axiom Mission 3 Launches to the International Space Station

A black and white SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches upward through the sky, a bright white-yellow plume trailing behind it.
NASA/Chris Swanson

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Dragon spacecraft lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. Axiom Space’s Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) is the third all-private astronaut mission to the space station, sending crew members Commander Michael López-Alegría, Pilot Walter Villadei of Italy, Mission Specialist Alper Gezeravcı of Turkey, and ESA (European Space Agency) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden into orbit.

The Ax-3 crew will spend about two weeks conducting microgravity research, educational outreach, and commercial activities aboard the space station.

Watch our Axiom Mission 3 launch coverage on NASA+.

Image Credit: NASA/Chris Swanson