A 29-year-old cancer survivor has been chosen to join the first all-civilian mission into outer space, which is tentatively planned for later this year.
Hayley Arceneaux, who works as a physician’s assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, was selected after 37-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman purchased the private flight from Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
When Arceneaux was just 10 years old she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that typically affects the arms or the legs. The young girl, who wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up, began chemotherapy and underwent a surgery to replace part of her femur with an internal prosthesis.
2nd crew member of Inspiration 4 revealed! 🚀— Everything SpaceX (@spacex360) February 22, 2021
-Hayley Arceneaux will fly aboard a Falcon 9 to space later this year
-Beat bone cancer at 10
-Will be the youngest American in space
-Will be first person with a prosthetic body part to go to space
-Physician assistant at St. Judes pic.twitter.com/zw2VgvKFpn