Pictured…Axiom Space’s Ax-2 Crew – (from left to right) Commander Peggy Whitson, Pilot John Shoffner, Mission Specialist Ali AlQarni and Mission Specialist Rayyanah Barnawi

WESH2 summed it up this way, “According to the Axiom Space Twitter, the Ax-2 crew’s arrival at the International Space Station is set for 9:24 a.m. Monday.

“It’s building the capability that the nation, and indeed humanity needs to have a broad array of capability up in space. This is a part of the process of moving away from just the International Space Station,” Dale Ketcham of Space Florida said.

“Using this private astronaut mission is another route by which we can get more and more experiments up there. Because what we have seen over time is that these are building on each other,” Reeves said.

For Axiom, private astronaut missions build experience for their teams working with NASA and SpaceX, but it’s also leading to the building blocks of what will eventually be the first commercial space station.

Please use the following spaceX.com link for a replay of the launch .

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