Dayton man to take part in historic space mission – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

DAYTON — A Miami Valley man prepares to take part in a historic space mission.

Larry Connor, a real estate and technology entrepreneur, will be the first-ever private mission astronaut to visit the International Space Station – the Ax-1.

At a Friday press conference, Connor spoke about the work he and his team of three others will be doing.

“I think I speak for all of us, that we understand that this first civilian mission is a great honor and a great opportunity, but with it comes a great responsibility to execute the mission correctly and successfully,” said said Connor.

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He will be joined by three other men during the trip.

“It opens a new ear in manned spaceflight,” said Michael Lopez-Algeria, Ax-1 mission commander.

Collectively, Connor said the crew spent over 3,000 hours training.

Axiom is leading the mission.

On the ISS, the crew will conduct more than 25 different experiments.

Axiom said the experiments will help us understand future spaceflight technology, as well as human physiology.

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“I’m fortunate to work with Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, two experiences each, and they focus on the heart, aging, brain, and spine, so I’m really excited about this group of experiences. basic,” Connor said.

As Connor makes history, he will take some pieces of history with him.

“I hope in a small way to represent Ohio, and I’m actually going to take three different items from the Neil Armstrong museum as well, I live in Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of Orville and Wilbur Wright, so I will actually be taking a piece of fabric from the wright’s 1903 Kittyhawk flyer,” he said.

The mission is scheduled to take off on April 6.