Ax-2 Mission Launches: Private Astronauts Head to Space Station
Axiom Space’s Ax-2 mission launches with private and government-sponsored astronauts, marking a new era in space exploration. 🚀🌎 #space #ISS
The successful launch of the Ax-2 mission marks a significant milestone in the history of space exploration. Not only is it the second all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS), but it also includes both private and government-sponsored astronauts, making it a truly multinational effort.
The Ax-2 crew comprises four astronauts, including Commander Peggy Whitson, who holds the record for the most time in space by an American astronaut. Pilot John Shoffner and Mission Specialists Ali Alqarni and Rayyanah Barnawi, both from the Saudi Space Commission (SSC), complete the team. Alqarni and Barnawi are members of the inaugural Saudi national astronaut class, making history as the first Saudi astronauts to go to space.
The mission is being led by Axiom Space, a private space exploration company that aims to make space accessible to a broader population. The successful launch of Ax-2 is a significant step forward in achieving this goal, as it opens up low-Earth orbit to both private and government-sponsored astronauts.
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying the Ax-2 crew is scheduled to dock with the ISS Harmony module on Monday, May 22. The crew will spend eight days onboard the ISS, conducting scientific experiments and performing maintenance tasks.
The success of the Ax-2 mission is a testament to the rapid advancement of private space exploration companies in recent years. With the increasing involvement of private companies in space exploration, we can expect to see more missions like Ax-2 in the future, opening up the possibility of space travel to a broader population.
Overall, the successful launch of the Ax-2 mission is a significant achievement for the private space exploration industry and marks a new chapter in the history of space exploration. The inclusion of both private and government-sponsored astronauts in the mission highlights the growing collaboration between the public and private sectors in advancing space exploration. We can only imagine what new frontiers will be explored in the years to come as space exploration continues to evolve.
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, NASA will provide live coverage of SpaceX Dragon docking, hatch opening, and a ceremony to welcome the crew on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.
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Tina Turner: Iconic Rock Legend Dies at 83
Pioneering rock’n’roll star Tina Turner dies aged 83, leaving an immeasurable legacy in music and culture.
The news of Tina Turner’s passing has left the music world and her fans worldwide in mourning. Her contributions to rock’n’roll and pop music are immeasurable, and she will be remembered as one of the most influential and iconic performers of all time.
Turner’s career spanned over six decades, during which she made a significant impact on the music industry and paved the way for future generations of female artists. Her legacy extends beyond her music, as she was an inspiration to many women who have faced domestic abuse, having spoken publicly about her experiences with her abusive ex-husband Ike Turner.
Despite the obstacles she faced, Turner never lost her passion for music. Her powerful voice and electrifying stage presence captivated audiences across the globe, and her music remains timeless. Her hits, such as “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Proud Mary,” continue to be beloved by fans young and old.
In addition to her music, Turner was known for her impressive fashion sense and iconic hairstyles. Her influence on fashion and beauty is evident even today, with many artists citing her as a source of inspiration.
Turner’s passing is a reminder of the importance of preserving the legacies of our cultural icons. Her music and impact will live on through her recordings and the memories of those who were fortunate enough to witness her live performances.
Tina Turner was a trailblazer, a pioneer, and a legend. Her contributions to music and culture will never be forgotten, and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in peace, Tina Turner.
NFL Legend and Civil Rights Advocate Jim Brown Dies at 87
NFL legend Jim Brown dies at 87. The running back and civil rights advocate shattered NFL’s record books in short career.
February 17, 1936 – May 18, 2023
The NFL world is mourning the loss of one of its all-time greats and social activist, Jim Brown. The legendary running back passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home with his wife by his side at the age of 87.
Brown was not only one of the greatest players in football history but also a prominent civil rights advocate during the 1960s. He shattered the NFL’s record books during his short career from 1957-65, leading the Cleveland Browns to their last NFL title in 1964. Despite his success on the field, Brown retired at the peak of his career to pursue a career in acting, appearing in over 30 films, including “Any Given Sunday” and “The Dirty Dozen.”
His legacy will be remembered not only for his athletic achievements but also for his contributions to social justice and equality. Rest in peace, Jim Brown.
10X-NBA ALL-STAR JAMES HARDEN NOMINATED FOR 2022-23 BOB LANIER COMMUNITY ASSIST AWARD
FAN VOTING LIVE HERE
HARDEN’S IMPACT13 FOUNDATION & FINANCIAL EXPERT JORDAN AWOYE KICK OFF THE 2023 FINANCIAL LITERACY TOUR 2023
HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — 10x-NBA All-Star, basketball legend, entrepreneur, and philanthropist James Harden has received a nomination for the 2022-23 Bob Lanier Community Assist Award—as presented by NBA Cares. This marks his first nomination for the prestigious annual honor, and it follows in the wake of a series of successful community initiatives spearheaded by his Impact13 Foundation over the past 12 months. He stands out as one of ten candidates up for the award. Fan voting just went live and will be available until Sunday May 21 at 11:59pm ET via Jebbit.
Impact13‘s work includes the recently launched educational campaign, The Financial Literacy Tour, in partnership with financial expert Jordan Awoye of Awoye Capital. By visiting schools nationwide, it unlocks financial literacy and economic understanding for the next generation with an enriching and empowering curriculum as well as offering scholarship opportunities for select students. It kicked off last month at the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Business. The tour will be making its way to Medgar Evers College in the Fall with more tour dates to be announced.
He brought some light to paralyzed Michigan State University shooting survivor John Hao by inviting him to a recent playoff game and presenting him a pair of sneakers he played in—as chronicled by NPR. Following the game four win, Harden extended an invite for him to return for game six.
Harden made a pledge to refurbish the gym of his own high school. In November, he revitalized this space, repainting the entire gym and supplying both weight rooms with state-of-the-art high-performance exercise equipment.
Plus, Impact13 renovated and breathed new life into the Cuney Home’s Basketball Court in Houston, TX. In the process, it transformed the surrounding neighborhood with a safe place for kids and families to congregate. The organization also extended its efforts to Haiti. The team notably architected and introduced a brand-new playground in Port-au-Prince with The Barbancourt Foundation.
The Bob Lanier Community Assist Award recognizes an NBA player’s commitment to improving and uplifting his respective community. As decided by fans and an NBA executive panel, the winner will be revealed during the post-season and the NBA will donate $25,000 on his behalf to an organization of his choosing.
Vote for James Harden now!
Stay tuned for more from Impact13.
SOURCE Impact13 Foundation
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