4 civilians blast off from Kennedy Space Center in historic flight
At Kennedy Space Center, Fla., NASA’ s moon rocket for the Artemis 1 mission rolls to the launch pad, Thursday, March 17, 2022. - Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

A new era in commercial space travel launched from Kennedy Space Center on Friday. The Axiom Space mission to send the first-ever all-civilian crew for a stay on the International Space Station lifted off from Launch Pad 39-A at 11:17 a.m. on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour. On board the AX-1 mission is Axiom employee and former astronaut, Commander Michael López-Alegría, who has plenty of space experience having flown three shuttle missions and lived on board the ISS for 215 days. He’s guiding three rookies — Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe — who each paid Axiom Space $55 mil...