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Inspiration4 soars into orbit with 4 non-professional astronauts

16 Sep 2021, 02:45 UTC
Inspiration4 soars into orbit with 4 non-professional astronauts
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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission launches in a Crew Dragon with four non-professional astronauts for a three-day trip to orbit. Credit: Matt Haskell / Spaceflight Insider
Less than eight months after its announcement, the all-private civilian Inspiration4 mission has launched into orbit.
38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman, along with three ordinary people — 29-year-old Hayley Arceneaux, 51-year-old Sian Proctor and 42-year-old Chris Sembroski — launched in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 8:02 p.m. EDT Sept. 15 (00:02 UTC Sept. 16) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
An infographic over the Inspiration4 crew and its mission. Credit: Derek Richardson / Spaceflight Insider / Orbital Velocity
This flight, the first all-private civilian orbital spaceflight, sent the four non-professional astronauts into space on a three-day trip.
Dubbed Inspiration4, the mission is designed to inspire the world to dream big and to look to the future. The flight found half of its crew as part of nationwide contests, which are part of a $200 million donation drive for the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Each of the crewmembers were chosen to fill the four seats based on their representations of the mission’s four core values: Leadership, hope, generosity ...

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