SpaceX Sends First All-Civilian Crew to Big Boy Space
On Wednesday, SpaceX successfully completed the first launch of an all-civilian crew into Earth’s orbit, marking another milestone for both the company and the nascent private space industry.
At 8 p.m. yesterday evening, one of the company’s Falcon9 rockets took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, carrying four amateur astronauts inside a Crew Dragon space capsule some 360 miles above Earth’s surface.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 16, 2021
The crew of the “Inspriation4” mission includes billionaire Jared Issacman (who financed the launch), as well as geology professor Sian Proctor, physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, and Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran who works at Lockheed Martin.
“Few have come before, and many are about to follow. The door’s open now, and it’s pretty incredible,” said Issacman during a livestream of the launch, per the Wall Street Journal.
The mission is scheduled to last three days, during which time the crew will circle the earth about once every 90 minutes. They’ll then splash down at one of several possible landing sites off the Florida coast, according to SpaceX’s website.
The launch is intended partly as a fundraiser—it’s supposed to raise $200 million for St
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