A rocket with four astronauts on board will be launched Wednesday night from the Kennedy Space Center. This is the first private flight by SpaceX to be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who finances the trip that will last three days.
For the first time in 60 years of spaceflight, a rocket will be launched into orbit with four private astronauts on board.
The mission called “Inspiration4” will last three days. The four passengers will revolve around the Earth’s lower orbit at an altitude of about 540 kilometers.
The first private flight from SpaceX will be led by 38-year-old entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, who is financing the entire trip.
He is accompanied by two lottery winners on the three-day trip, along with a health care worker who survived cancer as a child.
They will travel to the fully automated capsule, Dragon, the same model that SpaceX uses on NASA missions to send astronauts to the International Space Station. Jared Isaacman is the commander of the “Inspiration4” mission and its financier.
“We aim to inspire people for the opportunities that space offers but also for what can be achieved on Earth. This is why the St. Louis Children’s Research Hospital Jude is such an important part of our mission. Mission members Chris, Hayley and Dr. “Proctors have very inspiring stories.”
Funder Isaacman offered a capsule seat for St. Louis Hospital. Jude and they chose the assistant physician Hayley Arcenenux, 29, a former patient who now works at the renowned Memphis Hospital in Tennessee.
She was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with bone cancer and a large portion of her left thigh bone was replaced with a titanium rod. She will be the first person in space with a prosthesis and also the youngest American in space.
“The main goal of our mission is to inspire people to overcome obstacles, and we are breaking down these barriers in different ways. The $ 200 million fundraising effort for the Children of Cancer Hospital is the largest ever. “These funds will be used for cancer research to help affected children and to fund their treatment,” said Ms Arcenenux.
Sian Proctor, 51, is a teacher at a vocational school in Tempe, Arizona, and was selected among other competitors. Also a pilot, she was a NASA finalist more than a decade ago.
Chris Sembroski, 42, of Everett, Washington, is a statistics engineer and has previously served in the US Air Force. He did not win the lottery but a friend from college time donated his place.
The four private passengers have been trained to fly for several months and are expected to be launched into space on Wednesday evening. It is not known how much the 38-year-old billionaire paid to fund the mission. NASA is not involved in this mission./VOA
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