At 29, the American Hayley Arceneaux will be the youngest American ever in space. By the end of the year, she will go into space with SpaceX Falcon 9, the first flight of Elon Musk’s company with only space tourists on board.
In day-to-day life, Arceneaux is a doctor’s assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She does not earn nearly enough for the trip, because for the time being, space travel remains unaffordable for mere mortals. But billionaire Jared Isaacman, who fully booked the first flight, is giving away two of the four seats in the SpaceX Falcon 9. And one seat for the trip around the earth, according to the benefactor, should go to a caregiver who symbolizes hope.
Because Hayley Arceneaux overcame cancer herself when she was ten and now helps children with cancer in the hospital where she himself was cured, Isaacman says she is the right candidate. The other seat on the space shuttle will go to the winner of a lottery to raise money for the children’s hospital where the aspiring space tourist works.
The space journey would take place in the last quarter of this year. During the multi-day mission, the crew will orbit the earth and eventually land again in the sea off the coast of Florida.