Former NASA astronaut’s return to space on private Axiom flight will be ‘a dream come true’ (exclusive)

 Almost a decade after retiring from NASA, Michael López-Alegría is once again strapping in to launch to the final frontier. 

López-Alegría, who was born in Spain and grew up in California , was a U.S. Navy engineer, then a pilot and then a NASA astronaut, racking up three space shuttle missions, one long-term stint on board the International Space Station and a total of 10 spacewalks to-date. After retiring from NASA in 2012, he went on to explore the commercial spaceflight sector, more recently becoming the vice president of business development for the Houston-based spaceflight company Axiom Space

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