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Canadian businessman part of historic all-civilian flight headed to ISS

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As off-the-planet tourism takes off, Canadian financier Mark Pathy is among the first all-private astronaut team to fly to the International Space Station on Friday.

Texas space infrastructure company Axiom Space is sending a four-person crew on a commercial launch led by retired NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. The launch took place at around 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

Pathy, 52, of Montreal, and his fellow crew members lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a clear day. Pathy, chairman and CEO of investment firm Mavrik Corp., is one of Axiom’s first customers. Also on board are businessman and former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe.

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Rounding out the team is Larry Connor, a real estate and technology entrepreneur and aerobatics aviator from Ohio.

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They are set to ride atop a Falcon 9 rocket. It is furnished and flown by Elon Musk’s commercial space launch venture SpaceX.

Axiom, Nasa and other companies have hailed the flight as a turning point in the latest expansion of commercial space ventures.

with files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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