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SpaceX launches private crew mission to ISS

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) launched on Friday Axiom Space Inc.'s Ax-1 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch was carried out using SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 launch vehicle at 11:17 am ET from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The crew consists of four people, with three of them flying as tourist passengers. They "will participate in educational outreach and conduct innovative research experiments while on the orbiting laboratory," according to SpaceX, which described the eight-day mission as "the first all-private human spaceflight mission" to the ISS.

Axiom is a private, Texas-based space infrastructure developer and is currently constructing the world's first commercial space station.

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