Marcus Wandt was selected in November 2022 as a member of the ESA astronaut reserve after a year-long selection process. The 2022 ESA recruitment campaign received more than 22500 applications from across its Member States.The Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA), together with other partners, is cooperating with ESA and commercial space company Axiom Space to support a future mission to space with Marcus Wandt. ESA is currently in the process of coordinating this mission.ESA and SNSA are working on a proposal for an ambitious scientific, technological, and educational programme for Marcus that can be carried out inside Europe’s Columbus laboratory. Marcus joined the European Astronaut Corps on 1 June as an ESA project astronaut for the duration of his mission duties.The Swedish astronaut is following intensive training program to meet the high standards required for space flight.Marcus Wandt was born in 1980 and has an extensive experience as a military jet and test pilot for the Swedish Air Force.
According to NASA's internal schedule, the Axiom-3 crew mission to the ISS is slipping into the 1Q of 2024. The flight is expected to include the first astronaut from Turkey, Alper Gezeravci.
One of Axiom Space’s astronauts in training, Col. Walter Villadei of the @ItalianAirForce will fly on @VirginGalactic’s suborbital spaceplane June 29 and help conduct over a dozen experiments on VG’s first scientific research mission. Go #Galactic01!
Not many people have been above 50 miles in both suborbital and orbital flights. (Alan Shepard springs to mind.)
Quote from: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/26/2023 05:44 pmNot many people have been above 50 miles in both suborbital and orbital flights. (Alan Shepard springs to mind.)Others were Gus Grissom, Joe Engle, and Frederick Sturckow.Following people performed orbital spaceflights and unintentional suborbital spaceflights:Vasili Lazarev, Oleg Makarov, Aleksei Ovchinin, Nick Hague
https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/1671532969670893569QuoteAccording to NASA's internal schedule, the Axiom-3 crew mission to the ISS is slipping into the 1Q of 2024. The flight is expected to include the first astronaut from Turkey, Alper Gezeravci.
NASA ISS deputy program manager Dana Weigel says in remarks at the ISS R&D Conference that the third Axiom private astronaut mission is now scheduled for early 2024 [earlier target had been late this year, but the slips is not surprising.] #ISSRDC
NASA, @Axiom_Space, and @SpaceX are targeting no earlier than January 2024 to launch the third private astronaut mission to the @Space_Station.
This timeframe allows for teams to collaborate on the integration of the mission's scientific research priorities that continue to expand on what we can learn in low Earth orbit to benefit humanity.