NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson working onboard the International Space Station in August 2017.
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Axiom Space on Tuesday announced that retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and auto racer John Shoffner will lead the company’s second private spaceflight to the International Space Station, tentatively scheduled for the second half of 2022.
The pair will fly Axiom’s Ax-2 mission for an eight-day stay on the ISS, with Whitson as the commander and Shoffner as the pilot.
Currently Axiom is working toward its Ax-1 mission, which is scheduled to launch in January 2022 using a SpaceX rocket and capsule to reach the ISS.
Whitson left NASA in 2018 and began consulting for Axiom a little…