Private Ax-1 Astronauts  Historic SpaceX Mission

Return Earth, Ending

The First-Ever

All-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station is in the books.

A SpaceX Dragon Capsule Carrying

The four crewmembers of the Ax-1 mission splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida April 25 at 1:06 p.m. EDT

SpaceX Mission Communicator Told

"On behalf of the entire SpaceX team, welcome back to planet Earth," to the Ax-1 crew just after splashdown.

Ax-1 Was Organized By The Houston

Company Axiom Space and commanded by former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, who is now Axiom's vice president of business development. 

He Was Joined On The Mission

By three paying customers — American Larry Connor, Canadian Mark Pathy and Israeli Eytan Stibbe, each of whom is thought to have paid about $55 million for his seat. 

Stibbe Is The Second Israeli

Ever to reach space. He was friends with the first — Ilan Ramon, who died along with his six crewmates in the space shuttle Columbia disaster on Feb. 1, 2003.

NASA To Roll Artemis 1  Launch Pad Today

Moon Rocket Off The