The astronauts’ spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere at a speed of 17,500 mph (28,000 kph). For this reason, due to the marks on the spaceship, it was called ‘Toasted Marshmallow’. According to a news agency report, Axiom Space’s Director of Operations, Derek Hasman said that we proved that we can prepare the crew in a way that makes them effective and productive in orbit. We are ready to do this again.
Axiom Space paid NASA for the use of SpaceX and ISS for transport services under this mission. Instead, the three astronauts who went on the space walk are said to have paid $55 million (roughly Rs. 420 crores).
NASA chief Bill Nelson tweeted. “Welcome home, Axiom-1!” The progress we have seen in the commercial space sector would not have been possible without the cooperation of the private industry. Significantly, NASA is looking at possibilities in private industry in some space-related missions, so that it can focus on lunar and Mars missions.
Welcome home, Axiom-1! #X1 and all of the progress we’ve seen in the commercial space sector wouldn’t be possible without NASA’s collaboration with private industry.
Congratulations to @NASA, @SpaceXand @Axiom_Space for safely completing this landmark mission! https://t.co/gDc3xGheh8
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) April 25, 2022
Under this mission, former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, American investor and private pilot Larry Connor, Israeli investor and former fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe and Canada Entrepreneur Mark Pathy flew into space on 8 April. All of them went to space on an 8-day tour, but their landing was delayed due to bad weather.
These passengers spent 17 days in orbit, of which 15 were on the ISS. It is said that no extra money was taken from the passengers for the delay in the mission and for spending more time in space.