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  • The civilian crew will orbit Earth for several days.
  • The mission is part of a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • The launch is scheduled for September.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is aiming to take a giant leap in human spaceflight with its next mission. 

The private rocket company is scheduled to send the first ever all-civilian crew into space as part of a flight scheduled for September. 


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The Inspiration4 mission will launch the four civilians into space where they will travel across a low Earth orbit on a multi-day journey that will “continually eclipse more than 90% of the Earth’s population.” 

The civilian crew members include Jared Isaacman, an accomplished jet pilot and founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments; Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant; Sian Proctor, a teacher and communicator; and Chris Sembroski, an engineer at Lockheed Martin. 

Isaacman, who will be commanding the mission, is funding the flight and arranged the mission as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

“In fulfilling a personal and lifelong dream, I recognize the tremendous responsibility that comes with commanding this mission. While a historic journey awaits us in space, I hope this mission reinforces how far inspiration can take us and the extraordinary achievements it leads to here on Earth,” Isaacman said

On Sunday, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully carried NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, back to Earth from the International Space Station. 

The astronauts splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico just south of Panama City. The NASA Crew-1 astronauts had spent nearly six months in the International Space Station’s (ISS) microgravity laboratory. The mission was the longest-ever duration for a crew launched in an American-built spacecraft. 

SpaceX launched the crew to the ISS in November. 


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Published on May 03, 2021