The Inspiration4 crew lifted off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on September 15, 2021.
Inspiration4/John Kraus; NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
SpaceX’s first all-civilian crew has launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Inspiration4 mission is sending four people into orbit for three days aboard a Crew Dragon spaceship.
In space, the crew members will do scientific research, make art, and take in the views.
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A SpaceX rocket just screamed into the skies above Cape Canaveral, Florida, lifting something no orbital rocket ever has before: a spaceship filled with amateurs.
Regular people and wealthy tourists have launched into Earth’s orbit before, but always accompanied by professional astronauts. All four people who lifted off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 8:02 p.m. ET on Wednesday are civilians with non-astronaut day jobs. They’re a billionaire high-school dropout, a geoscientist, a physician-assistant, and an engineer.
The group has been training for a little over five months. Now they’re in Earth’s orbit, where they’ll drift for three days, venturing farther from our planet than any human has since 2009. Their mission is called Inspiration4.
The group launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, but otherwise the government agency has nothing to do with this.
Billionaire Jared Isaacman chartered the flight from SpaceX and is both footing the bill and commanding the company’s Crew Dragon spaceship. He gave the other three seats to Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist who serves as an analogue astronaut in simulations of long-term Mars missions; Hayley Arceneaux, who survived bone cancer as a child and now works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran who works for Lockheed Martin.
“I can’t express enough how appreciative we are of this amazing opportunity, we know that the four of us are about to …read more
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