SpaceX launches first all-civilian orbit crew into space
The first all-civilian orbit crew launched into space at 8:03 p.m. on Wednesday in another milestone for space tourism.
Just moments before SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the crew members could be seen fist bumping and locking hands during a SpaceX streaming of the launch.
During the three-day mission, the Crew Dragon spacecraft aims to reach a roughly 360-mile altitude, which would be the highest since the Gemini 10 and 11 missions in 1966. The launch is also the first time that initial launch and landing will be guided without an astronaut on board.
“During their multi-day journey, the @Inspiration4x crew will conduct scientific research designed to advance human health on Earth and during future long-duration spaceflights,” SpaceX tweeted ahead of the launch.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 15, 2021
The crew on aircraft include Chris Sembroski, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor and Hayley Arceneaux.