16 Sept 2021
All-Civilian Crew aboard SpaceX Successfully Launched
The Index Today
Four private citizens chosen for the first all-civilian space journey were finally launched into space on the SpaceX rocket ship on Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center. The four amateur astronauts were led by Jared Isaacman, founder and chief executive of financial services firm Shift4 Payments Inc.
A webcast of the launch was aired which showed all four members, Isaacman, 38, Hayley Arceneaux, 29, Sian Proctor, 51, and Chris Sembroski, 42. The display revealed SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, also known as the Resilience, in which all members were strapped safely to their seats wearing black and white spacesuits and helmets.
People watched as the capsule soared into the sky, latching onto the SpaceX Falcon Rocket. The first stage booster rocket was seen separating itself from the top half and safely landed back on earth at the designated platform.
Cheers were heard at the SpaceX mission-control center as the rocket reached 125 miles above earth. Crew members thanked the personnel involved in making the space journey a reality for everyone.
In the initial three hours, the capsule entered the cruising orbital altitude of 363 miles which is higher than the Hubble Space Telescope. This is the furthest any human has reached since the Apollo moon program.
The space journey is expected to last three days before landing back on earth. The journey has been Elon Musk’s debut flight of SpaceX. NASA has recently accepted commercialization of rocket travel for civilians after running a monopoly position over spaceflight for many years.
Crew members on board have spent 5 months preparing for the mission, going through extreme fitness training and simulator training. Most of the team members consider this as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and are honored to be among the chosen.
The space mission has been named the Inspiration4 after Isaacman decided to raise awareness for his lead cause, Pediatrics, at St. Jude Children’s research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.
©Photo: Yahoo News