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Another billionaire heads to space!3 min read

September 21, 2021 3 min read

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Another billionaire heads to space!3 min read

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Following Richard Branson’s and Jeff Bezos’s flight to space, SpaceX decided to send its own billionaire into orbit. No, not Elon Musk. Jared Isaacman, founder of a private air force company, commanded the first all-civilian crew that jetted off into space.

Profiles of Inspiration4: Jared Isaacman and a trip to space - SpaceFlight  Insider
Jared Isaacman. Image: SpaceFlightInsider

About the crew

The flight’s pilot, Jared Isaacman, paid for his own flight, whose ticket cost him approximately 200 million dollars. He used his trip as a bid to raise money for cancer patients across the world. So far, SpaceX has collected 75% of the money that Isaacman plans to raise. Isaacman and the company have already raised 150 million dollars from the many donations that came in from spectating civilians who eagerly cheered on the crew.

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Hayley Acraneaux. Image: People.com

The second civilian on the flight is Hayley Arceneaux, a former cancer patient at St. Jude Hospital, the organisation that is set to receive the raised two hundred million dollars.

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Dr. Sian Proctor. Image: Twitter

The third crew member is Dr. Sian Proctor. Proctor once almost made this incredible journey with NASA but narrowly missed the chance to become an astronaut. She now studies geology and is a science communicator.

Tech Insider on Twitter: "Chris Sembroski (@epathctocs), 41, is a  @LockheedMartin employee and Air Force veteran. He heard about the mission  from an ad during this year's Super Bowl. He will act
Chris Sembroski. Image: Tech Insider

Finally, the trip hosted Chris Sembroski, a US Air Force veteran who is now an aerospace engineer with Lockheed Martin, a private aerospace company.

NASA once tried sending a civilian to space. However, the selected civilian, Christa McAuliffe, died in an unfortunate accident 73 seconds into the flight, breaking the hearts of Americans across the country.

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Christa McAuliffe. Image: Arab News

What makes it special

Space X’s successful mission is all the more special as it is sending four CIVILIANS into space. Not trained astronauts, but normal people like you and me. This is the first time that civilians have successfully been launched into Orbit.

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The four crew members in their spacesuits. Image: Reuters

Since many could relate to the people on the flight, they watched intently as it blasted off early Thursday morning. All four members of the crew were greeted with a grand welcome when they returned to Earth on the 18th of September.

The successful landing of Inspiration4 is just the beginning of private  space flight for SpaceX
Splashdown! Image: Remo news

This historic flight will leave a legacy in space history and many will soon follow! We can’t wait to see what comes next!


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