The first all-private mission
to the International Space Station is slated to complete the final leg of its journey this week
Mission called AX-1
was brokered by the Texas-based startup Axiom Space, which books rocket rides and coordinates flights to the ISS for anyone who can afford it.
The mission has set off
yet another round of debate about whether people who pay their way to space should be referred to as "astronauts,"
The four crew members
are slated to leave the space station aboard their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Tuesday around 10:00 pm ET.
According to NASA
They're slated to parachute to a splashdown landing aboard their spacecraft Wednesday afternoon
the rest of the day aboard the 13-foot-wide capsule as it maneuvers back toward the edge of the Earth's thick atmosphere.