Hayley Arceneaux, a cancer survivor at age 10, will be the first person in space with a prosthetic body part. She has been selected as the second member of an all-civilian SpaceX rocket flight.
Arceneaux, a paramedic at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will join SpaceX’s first civilian mission. She will orbit the Earth for five days in a Crew Dragon capsule as part of the Inspiration4 mission. Crew members are selected based on the mission pillars of ” leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity,” the company said in a press release. According to a SpaceX statement, Arsenault will represent hope.
At age 10, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. As part of her treatment, she had some bones in her left leg replaced with titanium prostheses. She was treated at St. Jude, where she now works with children who are being treated for lymphoma and leukemia.
The mission is scheduled for late 2021, and if all goes according to plan, Arsenault, 29, could also become the youngest American to go into space.