Bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux is thrilled to be in space. As a crew member on SpaceX’s Inspiration4, the world’s first fully commercial astronaut mission to Earth orbit, Arceneaux hopes that as the first person to go into space with a prosthesis, she may inspire others.
“This mission opens up space travel to everyone and I think that in itself will motivate people and give them so much hope,” said the lively 29-year-old.
At age 10, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, and was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Arceneaux recounts how she spent a difficult but meaningful year in hospital, undergoing chemotherapy, then surgery that replaced part of her femur with a prosthesis.
She credits the hospital with saving her life and now works there as a medical assistant.
SpaceX, owned by Tesla founder Elon Musk, is targeting the four-person mission for the fourth quarter of 2021 and is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The flight will be led by Jared Isaacman, CEO of payment technology company Shift4Payments, who chose Arceneaux.
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