Hailey Arsino, MD, Assistant Physician at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be joining The first civilian flight into space, SpaceX announced today. It will orbit Earth for up to five days in a Crew Dragon capsule as part of Mission Inspiration4. Crew members are selected based on the “mission pillars of leadership, hope, generosity, and prosperity,” according to Mission press release. SpaceX said Arceneaux would be the hope.
He was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 10Titanium was replaced by some of the bones in her left leg as part of her treatment. She was treated at St. Jude’s Hospital, where she now works with children being treated for lymphoma and leukemia. With the upcoming mission, Arceneaux will become the first person to have an artificial part of the body going into space.
The mission is set to be in late 2021, and if all goes as scheduled, Arsino, 29, may be the youngest American to go into space. The title of youngest person in space will go to German TitovAstronaut, who was 25 years old when he orbited the Earth.
The crew selection process also includes fundraising efforts for St. Jude, with a sweepstakes where people can donate to St. Jude for chances to be the third member. The fourth crew member will be the winner of a competition sponsored by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who is financing and leading the mission.