The announcement that had been made was made yesterday from the wards of the St. Jude Children’s Cancer Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was treated at 10 and where she is now a ward assistant: Hayley Arceneaux, 29 years old and mother of a little girl, it will be the first person cured of cancer and with a prosthetic limb to take part in a space mission, and the youngest American sent to Earth orbit. Be part of the crew of the first civilian-only space mission, on SpaceX’s Falcon 9, Elon Musk’s private space company, which will be launched in the last quarter of 2021 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Hayley will be the medical officer of the shipment.
The first astronaut with prosthesis
Reassured by her brother and sister-in-law, both aerospace engineers, that flying in non-dangerous space, Hayley Arceneaux has already said that the Space X flightit will still be a walk compared to the cancer I faced when I was 10. A bone tumor that forced her to replace some limb bones with prostheses: once this would have been enough to keep her away from a space mission, but the era has changed and it was once unthinkable even to send a civilian-only rocket into space.
Hayley Arceneaux at the age of ten, during the period of chemotherapy
The crew of Elon Musk’s Space X mission
With Hayley Arceneaux on board: billionaire Jared Isaacsman, who pays the ticket for everyone (the unknown sum: by way of comparison, we will say that NASA pays Elon Musk and his SpaceX about 55 million dollars for each astronaut hosted on his carriers) and who wants to collect with this mission at least 200 million sponsorships for St. Jude hospital. And two other lucky astronauts chosen by lot among those who said they were available. The rocket goes around the globe and then return to Cape Canaveral, in an estimated time of several days. I would like my business to help those with cancer to look to the future, said Arceneaux (who for now is not a celebrity, here is his Instagram profile): when you are sick you never think about it, you stay still day by day, and instead there is a future.
February 23, 2021 (change February 23, 2021 | 15:57)