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SpaceX launches four space tourists into orbit

By T.K. Randall
September 16, 2021 · Comment icon 19 comments



The launch was a success. Image Credit: SpaceX
The ambitious manned mission represents the most significant advancement in space tourism to date.
Earlier today, four 'ordinary people' blasted into space aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule - marking the first time that a crew made up entirely of civilians has ever made it into orbit.

Known as the Inspiration4 mission, the flight follows on from the debut flights of both Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos aboard their own companies' respective manned space vehicles.

Unlike the Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin flights which spent only a matter of minutes in space, however, the SpaceX flight will last for a full three days.

Aboard the capsule is billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman along with Hayley Arceneaux (a childhood cancer survivor and physician), Chris Sembroski (a data engineer) and Sian Proctor (a community college educator).
The mission will see them reach an orbit even higher than that of the International Space Station where they will spend their time taking in the view and conducting scientific experiments.

"Now I just wish we pushed [SpaceX] to go higher," Isaacman told reporters last night.

"If we're going to go to the moon again and we're going to go to Mars and beyond, then we've got to get a little outside of our comfort zone and take the next step in that direction."

The mission represents a step towards a future in which just about anyone can fly into space.

For the time being, though, you're still going to need one heck of a big bank balance.



Source: The Guardian | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by third_eye 1 year ago
Small print : No Refunds  ~
Comment icon #11 Posted by MissJatti 1 year ago
Good Luck what an achievement 
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin 1 year ago
Side note: NASA is reviewing if they should be given commemorative "astronaut wings" or just a certificate of accomplishment. The height requirement was fine, but that's it. You see, "astronauts" are those who actually significantly participate in the functions of the spacecraft. These were tourists ONLY. I guess NASA will rule on this case. Saw it on CNN.com.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
SpaceX Inspiration4 mission: Crew appear in live video featuring weightless flips and ukulele performance The first all-civilian astronaut crew to reach orbit have appeared in a live video feed featuring weightless flips and a ukulele performance. The crew of SpaceX's Inspiration4 broadcast a 10-minute live YouTube video showing Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old data engineer, strumming chords while the craft orbits Earth. The four-member team hosted a show-and-tell session as they soared over Europe at about 17,500mph. https://news.sky.com/story/spacex-inspiration4-mission-crew-appear-in-live-vi... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
Sour because they are hurt in their feelings probably...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
First-ever civilian SpaceX flight returns from orbit    
Comment icon #16 Posted by Susanc241 1 year ago
Wonder if the flat Earthers will believe these civilian ‘astronauts’ reports of a spherical earth?
Comment icon #17 Posted by acidhead 1 year ago
  Sleepy Joe!   
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hammerclaw 1 year ago
Yeah, SpaceX's version leaves the other's bottle rocket tourist in the dust.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
I watched the Netflix documentary  Countdown:   Inspiration 4 Mission    I enjoyed it.    https://www.netflix.com/watch/81462384?trackId=14170056


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