Cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux to become youngest American in space with SpaceX launch

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Hayley Arcinex Making history today with four other non-professional astronauts as they soar to the stars on the first all-civilian mission in space.

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Arsinox, 29, who works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will become the youngest American in space when she meets entrepreneur and mission commander Jared Isaacman, Dr. Cyan will explode with “Leo” Proctor and Chris Sambrowski. Sally Ride, the first woman in space, currently holds the record – she was 32 when she was part of the historic Challenger launch in 1983.

Arsinox shared her excitement on Twitter, posting a photo of herself in her mission-ready uniform for today.

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“I plan to eat a glazed donut, my favorite variety, the morning of launch; I’ll wear my go-to red lipstick; and I’ll enter class with the memories of all my friends who didn’t make it to cancer. “All the kids who are in the fight now, and all the others left,” wrote Arkenaux. People.

The historic mission will launch today at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions began with the help of a reusable Falcon 9 rocket. The crew will travel weightless in low Earth orbit at more than 17,000 mph for three days.

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The Inspiration4 launch window is 8:02 p.m. ET Wednesday through 1 p.m. ET Thursday. The spacecraft and crew members will re-enter the atmosphere a few days after launch off the coast of Florida.

A central goal of the mission, namely inspiration4, is to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude.

inspiration4 $100 million St. Jude charity goal, in addition to the $100 million donated by Isaacman. The hospital treats children suffering from life-threatening diseases like cancer at no cost to their families and conducts research on treatment.

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Arsinox was treated for bone cancer at age 10

Arkinex, who grew up in St. Francisville, Louisiana, was well acquainted with St. Jude before working there.

St. Jude was treated for Arsinox for bone cancer at the age of 10. As a patient, Arceneaux underwent chemotherapy for a year and most of the cancer-affected femur bone was replaced with an artificial device.

Arceneaux returned to St. Jude as a physician assistant in April. She often helps new patients and their families process difficult news they may have heard hours ago. His experience as a patient provides additional reassurance.

“Working with kids, it means a lot because these kids are so brave,” she said. “They are going through a big, life-changing thing. … I share with them that I was a former patient, especially with new babies. I love sharing it with them.”

In early January, St. Jude offered her a seat on Inspiration 4. Arsinox immediately said yes, shortly before calling her mom to discuss the opportunity. Another call with his brother and sister-in-law, who are both aerospace engineers, comforted him on space travel safety.

“I consider myself an adventurer, and so I never thought I’d go to space, it fits, and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said.

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Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman is donating three Crew Dragon seats to the general public.

Rick Schadack Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, St. Jude’s fundraising and awareness organization, said he was a “better driver” for the Inspire 4 than Arcanox, taking into account the “incredibly powerful story” and the family’s aerospace background. Can’t think of crew member”.

SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by CEO Elon Musk, provided training for the mission crew. Isaacman said the training began in March and was essentially similar to NASA’s curriculum, ranging from academics of orbital mechanics to emergency procedures.

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Arceneaux and Company will be inside the Dragon spacecraft during its journey, which measures 26.7 feet in height and 13 feet in diameter. Isaacman said the tight quarters give crew members added importance to getting comfortable with each other.

Contribution: Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

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