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Hayley Arceneaux

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Hayley Arceneaux
Arceneaux at Johnson Space Center
Born (1991-12-04) December 4, 1991 (age 32)[1]
Alma materSoutheastern Louisiana University
OccupationPhysician assistant
Known forPrivate astronaut aboard Inspiration4
Space career
Crew Dragon Astronaut
Commercial Astronaut
Time in space
2d 23h 3m

Hayley Arceneaux (born December 4, 1991) is an American physician assistant and commercial astronaut. She joined billionaire Jared Isaacman on SpaceX's first private spaceflight Inspiration4, which launched on September 16, 2021, 00:02:56 UTC, and successfully water-landed local-time on Saturday, September 18.[3] Arceneaux became the first human in space with a prosthetic leg bone after surviving bone cancer.[4] At age 29, Arceneaux was the youngest American to travel to space, surpassed a few months later by 23-year-old Cameron Bess aboard Blue Origin NS-19.[5] Arceneaux remains the youngest American to have orbited the Earth.

Early life and education[edit]

Arceneaux was raised in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Her father, Howard Stanford Arceneaux, died July 5, 2018, at the age of 60 years old.[6] Her brother and sister-in-law are aerospace engineers.[7]

When she was 10 years old,[8] her left knee began to ache. Her doctor thought it was just a sprain, but a few months later, tests revealed she had osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Her family turned to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for her treatment and care, which included around a dozen rounds of chemotherapy, a limb-preservation surgery with knee replacement and placement of a titanium rod in her left thigh bone along with associated physical therapy.[1] The experience inspired her to want to work with other cancer patients at St. Jude, which she does as a physician assistant working with leukemia and lymphoma patients.[8]

Arceneaux graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and obtained an undergraduate degree in Spanish in 2014. She obtained her Physician Assistant (PA) degree in 2016 from LSU Health in Shreveport, Louisiana.[8][9]

Personal endeavors[edit]

Inspiration4 spaceflight[edit]

Arceneaux was described as the chief medical officer onboard Inspiration4, a private spaceflight funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman. She has said she thinks she will be the first Cajun in space.[2] She is the first person to launch with a prosthesis.[1] As part of the training, she climbed Mount Rainier in Washington with the rest of the Inspiration4 crew.[10]

Arceneaux received the call sign "Nova" during training.[11]

Arceneaux is featured on the cover of a Time magazine double issue with the crew of Inspiration4 in August 2021.[12]

She is a member of the Association of Space Explorers.[13]


  • 2003 Louisiana Young Heroes[14]


  • Wild Ride: A Memoir of I.V. Drips and Rocket Ships - by Hayley Arceneaux - 2022 - ISBN 0-59-344384-5


  1. ^ a b c "ARCENEAUX Hayley USA". Biographies of Space Tourists. SpaceFacts.de. May 12, 2021. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Morris, George (February 22, 2021). "Hayley Arceneaux, Baton Rouge native, to be first cancer survivor in space on SpaceX flight". The Advocate.
  3. ^ Chang, Kenneth (September 15, 2021). "Who are the other crew members?". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Hayley Arceneaux: Cancer survivor joins first all-civilian space mission". BBC News. February 22, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "MeepsKitten". Twitch. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "Howard Arceneaux Obituary (2018)". Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Charlier, Tom. "Hayley Arceneaux: Mission of a Lifetime". St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "Inpiration4.com". inspiration4.com. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  9. ^ Bleam, Paulette (March 19, 2021). "Reaching New Heights: From Cancer Survivor to Becoming the First PA in Space". AAPA.org.
  10. ^ Arceneaux, Hayley (July 28, 2021). "Astronaut-in-Training Hayley Arceneaux Climbs Mt. Rainier with Prosthesis in Leg: 'Daunting'." People. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  11. ^ Thompson, Amy (September 15, 2021). "Inspiration4's call signs: The crew of SpaceX's all-civilian mission have special nicknames". Space.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  12. ^ Kluger, Jeffrey (August 23, 2021). "Inside Inspiration 4". Time. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  13. ^ List of members of the ASE from United States
  14. ^ "Hayley Arceneaux : Louisiana Digital Media Archive". ladigitalmedia.org.

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