She will be the youngest American astronaut, and the first child cancer survivor to be launched into orbit. By the end of the year, 29-year-old Haile Arsino will be one of the first “space tourists” to travel without a specialist.
Because of the bone cancer that he contracted as a child, she wore steel bars in her left leg, which in the recent past were enough to destroy her dreams in space. This was without relying on Jared Isaacman, a young American billionaire passionate about space exploration, who rented the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at his own expense and decided to welcome three more people on board.
The first team to this unprecedented mission, called Inspiration4, which is set to launch at the end of 2021, is Hailey. “I got a surprise phone call in early January. They explained the mission idea to me and were basically asked, ‘Do you want to go to space?’” Says Hayley Arseno, who now works in a hospital, as a paramedic.
As a child, she visited the NASA Center in Houston, Texas. “Of course, I wanted to be an astronaut. But then, after a few months, I was diagnosed with cancer, and it really changed the world,” she says.
One round of ground every 90 minutes
“It’s a great honor to be the youngest American woman to go to space, but honestly, what I love most is being the first child cancer survivor to go to space. That would mean for children who are being treated for cancer,” she adds.
The last two members of the mission will be a donor to St. Jude’s organized fundraising, which is drawn by lot, and the person who wants to start a business to “change the world”, is chosen by the jury. They should be known next month and start training with Jared Isaacman and Hailey right away.
The mission, which is scheduled to take place at the end of the year, is set to last several days, and space tourists will orbit Earth in low orbit every 90 minutes. At the end of this, the Dragon capsule, the same model that succeeded last November in putting four astronauts into orbit on their way to the International Space Station, will enter the atmosphere for a marine landing off the coast of Florida.