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You are invited to attend a special flag return ceremony and commander’s report from the first fully private mission to the International Space Station.

Spacecraft Commander, Renowned Astronaut, and Club Fellow Michael López-Alegría will provide a full commander’s report on the Axiom Space Ax-1 mission, and discuss the future of commercial spaceflight.

Club President Richard Garriott will be on-hand presiding the return of Club Flag #212 from the thermosphere.

This event is in-person only, and will not be streaming. Please join us for an hour long opening reception to precede the ceremony and report.


6:00 pm Opening Reception
7:00 pm Flag Return Ceremony & Commander's Report

Michael López-Alegría FN'14

Spacecraft Commander, Ax-1

Michael López-Alegría is a decorated astronaut who returned to low-Earth orbit for the fifth time in 2022 as Commander of Axiom Mission 1, history’s first all-private crew to the International Space Station. “Mike L-A” (as he’s known to the space community) is involved in both operational and business development efforts within Axiom Space.

He has more than 40 years of aviation and space experience with the U.S. Navy and NASA in a variety of roles including Naval Aviator, engineering test pilot and program manager, NASA astronaut, and International Space Station commander. He also holds NASA records for most extravehicular activities (EVAs) or ”spacewalks” (10) and cumulative EVA time (67 hours, 40 minutes). He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2021.

November 16,2022
November 16, 2022
6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Flag Return Report
6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Flag Return Report
Michael López-Alegría
Michael López-Alegría
Explorers Club Headquarters
Explorers Club Headquarters
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