Hayley Arceneaux, once upon a time she fights with bone cancer and now she becomes an astronaut.
First youngest American with prosthetic body part ever in the history of space mission.
Ms. Arceneaux is now 29 years old but at the age of 10, she was a bone cancer patient at St Jude Hospital.
During her treatment at the hospital, Ms. Arceneaux had chemotherapy and surgery to replace some of her leg bones with artificial bones.
Because high standard medical requirements of NASA to select astronauts for space missions, Ms. Arceneaux’s prosthetic leg bones become a barrier for her ambitions to travel in space.
But due to the emergence of private space missions in the past few years has enabled more of us to reach for the stars.
Her selection was announced on Monday (22nd February 2021) by St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where Healey Arceneaux was once fighting with cancer and now works as a physician’s assistant
Four seats are available on the spacecraft from which one was offered to the member of staff at the hospital.
She will be launched from Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket made by SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk.
According to Ms. Arceneaux, this mission is a source of inspiration for so many peoples, she said. “It shows them that anything is possible”
There will be no professional astronauts be a part of this space mission, Miss Arceneaux will be joined by two contest winners and flight commander Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old billionaire who is paying for the entire mission.
Mr. Issacman is planning to select and reveal the name of the remaining two crew members may be in the march.
After selection, the crew will be experiencing a month-long training program, including mission simulations in zero gravity.
Ms. Arceneaux – the flight’s medical officer – has already tried her spacesuit, according to her response the suit was cool but much heavier than her expectations.
During cancer treatment, focused on the day-to-day. It can be very difficult to look forward. We hope that this mission will allow them to imagine the future.
At the end of the mission, the dragon will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere for a soft-water landing on the east coast of the US.