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Historic Space Flight

A private SpaceX mission launched from Florida last week, and passengers spent about 16 hours traveling on the spacecraft before docking at the International Space Station. Three of the passengers were paying customers, one from the US and two from Saudi Arabia. The mission, which is called AX-2, included stem cell researcher Rayyanah Barnawi, who became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to travel to space. 63-year-old Peggy Whitson became the first woman to command a private spaceflight as she led the rest of the AX-2 crew. AX-2 passengers will spend eight days on the ISS to work on science and biomedical research projects before returning Earth-side.

Image via SpaceX

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