On her much-anticipated voyage before the end of this year as a “pioneer” alien “tourist”, 29-year-old Haile Arseno will become the youngest American astronaut and the first child cancer survivor to set out on a trip to Earth’s orbit.
Because of her childhood bone cancer, Hayley still wears steel bars in her left foot, which until recently was enough to squander her chances of achieving her dream of going out into space.
However, the situation changed thanks to the young American billionaire Jared Isaacman, who is passionate about space exploration, who rented a “Falcon 9” rocket at his own expense and decided to receive three other people on his upcoming space trip.
Haley was the first lucky one who was selected to participate in this unprecedented mission called “Inspiration 4”, which is scheduled to start at the end of this year.
The young woman received medical care during childhood at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis (Tennessee), which specializes in treating sick children, especially those with cancer. Isaacman hopes to raise two hundred million dollars for this foundation as part of the space mission.
“I got a surprise phone call in early January. They explained the idea of the mission to me, and they briefly asked me,” Do you want to go to space? “Recalls Hailey Arsino.
“I answered quickly, yes, of course,” added the young woman, who works at the same hospital now as a medical assistant.
During her childhood, she visited the US Space Agency (NASA) center in Texas. “Of course, I wanted to be an astronaut. But after a few months, I was diagnosed with cancer and the world around me changed,” she says.
“Until now, astronauts should have been physically healthy,” Haley explains. “I did not belong to this category because of the operations I underwent in my legs. One of the things that really excites me about this mission is that it opens up the field of flights to everyone.”
She adds, “Being the youngest American to go to space is a great honor for me, but what I like most frankly is that I am the first survivor of childhood cancer to go to space, and what this carries with indications for children who are being treated for cancer.”
“I would like to encourage my patients to dream big without being bound by any boundaries. I really hope to show them that anything is possible,” Haley says.