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SpaceX Falcon 9
Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2)

May 21, 2023 05:37 PM Launch Complex 39A • Kennedy Space Center


Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) is Axiom Space’s second all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and is targeting no earlier than (NET) May 21, 2023 5:37 PM ET for launch. Since this mission is to the International Space Station, this will be an instantaneous window.

The crew for this privately-funded mission include Peggy Whitson, a retired NASA astronaut, John Shoffner of Tennessee, and Ali Alqarni and Rayyanah Barnawi from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The crew will launch aboard a Dragon spacecraft atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The mission will last 12 days, including 10 spent aboard the ISS conducting science investigations.

The Falcon 9 booster for this mission will return to earth and land on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.



By purchasing a package, you understand that all launch viewing packages are mission-specific and the launch date and time is subject to change with little notice. Please review the scrub policy to plan your travel accordingly.   

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from LC39A with Ax-2 official patch overlay

NET MAY 21, 2023 | SpaceX Falcon 9 Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2)

Feel The Heat Launch Viewing Package

Get as close to the launch pad as possible. From here, you will see the rocket leave the pad! Plus, gain exclusive access to the Apollo/Saturn V Center exhibits and attractions during the launch window. 

WHERE: Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area at the Apollo/Saturn V Center 
Approximately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers 
$250 plus tax, available online only

Please Note: The Apollo/Saturn V Center will be cleared of all guests before allowing Feel the Heat package holders to enter the viewing area. Please plan to be at the visitor complex at check-in time. If you are out at the Apollo/Saturn V Center you will have to return to the visitor complex in order to gain entrance for launch viewing.


  • Launch viewing packages support two launch attempts and an additional daily admission ticket that is valid to use within 30 days after the launch date.
  • Bus transportation through NASA’s gates to the Apollo/Saturn V Center 
  • Real-time launch commentary from a space-expert  
  • Complimentary meal 
  • Complimentary premium souvenir 
  • A commemorative launch card, badge and lanyard
  • Digital photo of your party from AstroPhotos





  • Check-in for Feel the Heat begins at 2:30 PM; Bus boarding begins at 3:00 PM.
  • Plan to arrive early and plan for increased traffic
  • Bleacher space is limited. For lawn seating, we recommend you bring a blanket or foldable chair that can be carried in a shoulder bag
  • Launch viewing packages are for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Launch viewing packages support two launch attempts and an additional daily admission ticket that is valid to use within 30 days after the launch date.
  • Please review the Scrub Policy


Launch Viewing with admission

Viewing from the main visitor complex is included with admission. You will see the launch as soon as the rocket clears the tree line.

WHERE: Main Visitor Complex
 Approximately 7.5 miles/12 kilometers from the launch pad
PRICE: Included with daily admission



  • Live launch commentary with audio, located at designated viewing areas
  • Access to all available exhibits, shows, and attractions located at the main visitor complex that are included with admission




Important Information: 

  • We highly recommend you pre-purchase your admission ticket(s) online and ahead of time. Capacity is limited.

  • Refunds on admission will not be offered in the event of a scrub or delay.