AXIOM SPACE COMMANDERSPACE TOURISTS DIG ZERO GRAVITY …ISS Training Will Be Fun!!!


The former NASA astronaut commanding the first civilian crew to the International Space Station is feeling good about the so-called space tourists, because they’re handling zero gravity better than him!!!

Michael Lopez-Alegria, the decorated astronaut with 2 NASA records for spacewalks, joined us on “TMZ Live” Friday to tell us how he and his 3 crew members handled their first weightless training flight.

It’s pretty funny … Michael says he was the one who felt the worst, while the philanthropists and entrepreneurs had a blast doing somersaults and backflips while they were experiencing zero gravity.

Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe are the 3 men who’ve dropped $55 million each to punch their tickets to the ISS and, so far, they’re making their commander proud.


Axiom’s Ax-1 mission — the first private mission to the ISS — blasts off in January with Michael at the controls. He admits he’ll have a “tough needle to thread” during the 10-day mission with space newbies … since he’s their commander, but also … kinda their tour guide in orbit.

It’s a new challenge, for sure … even for a guy who’s logged more spacewalks than anyone else in history.

You can see the full interview Friday on “TMZ Live” (check local listings).

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