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LIVE: Crew of three paying passengers and a retired astronaut blast off

An historic launch today with an “all-private” paying crew will blast off from Florida in a few hours for a ten-day mission at the ISS.

Launch of the Axiom-1 mission is scheduled for 11:17 a.m. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Retired astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria will be joined by the three paying customers. But, he stresses this isn’t space tourism and they’ve all trained hard for this.

The trip, booked through the company Axiom Space, includes eight days aboard the International Space Station.

The crew will dock at the ISS on Saturday with more than 25 science experiments on board.