Arceneaux and her crewmates trained for months. They learned survival techniques and climbed a mountain as a team. They even experienced the conditions of a rocket launch in a machine called a centrifuge. “They put us in a little capsule and spun us around a room really quickly,” Arceneaux says. “I got up to 6 Gs, which is 6 times the amount of normal gravity.”
During their almost 3-day journey, the four crewmates lived in a tiny spacecraft only 26.7 feet tall and 13 feet in diameter. Arceneaux monitored everyone’s health and performed medical experiments, such as drawing blood in space.
“Going to space is like a dream come true that I didn’t know was a dream,” Arceneaux says. “In life we all go through difficult times. Hold on to the hope that there will be better days.”