The private astronaut crew on Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission say they were too busy while on the International Space Station. So busy, in fact, that he interrupted the other astronauts on the ISS with them.
AN SpaceNews Report published yesterday tells us what Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, Michael López-Alegría and Eytan Stibbe thought about their trip to the ISS, as the team attended a press conference to answer questions from the media. The trip was initially supposed to last eight days, but was extended to 15 due to weather conditions on Earth. The extra time was helpful, Axiom’s paying customers said, but the team still felt rushed.
“Our timeline was very aggressive, especially early in the mission,” said López-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut who commanded the Axiom mission. SpaceNews. “The pace was hectic at first.”
Although the private astronauts paid more than $50 million each for the trip, it was definitely a working vacation. Some of the crew’s experiments included testing self-assembling robot technology, working with stem cells, and creating holograms with Microsoft HoloLens. Michael Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space, said Axiom will better integrate future missions with what other astronauts are already doing so that no one is interrupted. Suffredini also wants future flights to last longer, up to 60 days, according to SpaceNews. It’s possible that the company changes will make missions less crowded and give you more time to stop and smell the roses of the solar system.
“I think we were so focused on research and outreach in the first 8 or 10 days in orbit that we needed additional time to complete the experience by having time to look out the window, check in with friends and family, just enjoy. the feeling,” López-Alegría told the outlet.
It’s easy to forget that astronauts do real work and aren’t just floating around for fun. Many are tasked with conducting important scientific research on their missions.
They may not be ticking a clock, but it seems a healthy work-life balance is important even when the office isn’t on Earth.
More about life aboard the ISS: Enjoy this cozy video of an astronaut getting ready for sleep