The first bone cancer survivor to become an astronaut. The first person with a prosthetic body part to visit space. The youngest American ever to orbit Earth.
These are the impressive firsts that could soon be attributable to 29-year-old Hayley Arceneaux.
In January, the physician assistant was picked to join the crew of the world’s first all-civilian space mission.
She was ecstatic but had to keep her lips sealed, sharing, “I’ve held onto the biggest secret of my life for a month and a half. So now I get to share it with the world.”
Her selection for the historic mission was announced by the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, where she was once a cancer patient as a child and now works.
Later this year, she will launch from Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX, the company founded by business mogul Elon Musk.
She added, “I think this mission is going to inspire people in so many ways. It shows them that anything is possible.”