SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts from Kennedy Space Center into space.
NASA and private space infrastructure company Axiom Space have signed an order kickstarting the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The mission, known as Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), is set to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida no sooner than January of next year, according to a NASA release.
The Axiom astronauts will spend eight days on the ISS, and NASA and Axiom will plan joint activities for the private astronauts to conduct with space station crew members and flight controllers.
"The first private crew to visit the International Space Station is a watershed moment in humanity’s expansion off the planet and we are glad to partner with NASA in making it happen," Axiom CEO Michael Suffredini said in a statement.