Crying space tourists say they were too busy on the space station


Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission private astronaut crew say they were completely too busy while on the International Space Station. So busy, in fact, that he interrupted the other ISS astronauts along with them.

A SpaceNews A report released yesterday tells us what Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, Michael López-Alegría and Eytan Stibbe thought of their trip to the ISS, as the team attended a press conference to answer questions from the media. The trip was originally scheduled to last eight days but was extended to 15 due to weather conditions on Earth. The extra time was helpful, Axiom’s paying customers said, but the crew still felt rushed.

“Our timeline was very aggressive, especially early in the mission,” said López-Alegría, former NASA astronaut and Axiom mission commander. SpaceNews. “The pace was frantic at the start.”

Although the private astronauts paid over $50 million each for the trip, it was definitely a working vacation. Some of the crew’s experiments included testing self-assembled robot technology, working with stem cells, and creating holograms with Microsoft HoloLens. Michael Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space, said Axiom will better integrate future missions, which other astronauts are already doing, so that no one is disrupted. Suffredini also wants future flights to last longer – up to 60 days, according to SpaceNews. It’s possible that the company’s changes will make missions less busy and give more time to stop and smell the roses of the solar system.

“I think we were so focused on research and outreach in the first 8 or 10 days in orbit that we needed more time to complete the experience with time to look out the window, get in in touch with friends and family, to just enjoy the feeling,” López-Alegría told the outlet.

It’s easy to forget that astronauts do real work and don’t just float around for fun. Many are tasked with important scientific research on their missions.

They might not exactly tick a clock, but it seems like a healthy work-life balance is important even when the office isn’t on Earth.

Learn more about life on board the ISS: Please enjoy this cozy video of an astronaut getting ready for sleep


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