- SpaceX capsule takes off with first civilian-only mission to space.
- The weather conditions were favorable and they were able to complete all stages of the launch without problems.
- The inexperienced crewmembers received training for six months to be able to fulfill the mission.
HISTORICAL MISSION. From the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the SpaceX capsule takes off with the first civilian-only mission to space.
This Wednesday, the first space mission without professional astronauts, but instead entirely composed of civilians, left for space. The privileged group will orbit the Earth for three days.
SpaceX capsule takes off with first civilian mission to space
The private company SpaceX carried out the successful launch of its Inspiration4 mission this Wednesday at 8:02 p.m. (local time). A Falcon 9 rocket propelled a Dragon capsule, just as he had planned Elon Musk’s company What would happen.
Weather conditions were favorable and they were able to complete all stages of the launch without mishap. At the control center, the team celebrated the historic takeoff, EFE reported.
Who was on board?
On this occasion, no professional astronauts got on the spacecraft, but the inexperienced crewmembers received training for six months to be able to fulfill the mission.
On board the Dragon capsule were the billionaire Jared isaacman, the aeronautical engineer Chris Sembroski, the medical assistant and cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, and the scientist, pilot and educator Sian Proctor.
Six months of training
Isaacman, Sembroski, Arceneaux and Proctor were not sent into space without first going through an intense training that lasted six months and in which they were taught, for example, maneuvers in zero gravity.
Civilians will circle Earth every 90 minutes at a speed of 28,160 kilometers per hour and will fly about 575 kilometers from our planet, which SpaceX says is “further than any other human spaceflight since the Hubble missions. ”.
The youngest woman to reach space
Before coming on board, Arceneaux said she was proud to be a part of Inspiration4 and to represent those “who are not physically perfect. The 29-year-old became the youngest American to travel to space tonight and the first person with a prosthesis to do so, as part of her femur was replaced.
At age 10, Arceneaux was diagnosed with bone cancer. With this mission, the cancer survivor hopes to help raise $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was treated as a child.
We can all get to space
Like Arceneaux, Proctor was also proud to become the “first black female pilot” to visit space on what would be SpaceX’s fourth manned mission.
For his part, Isaacman, who is the founder and executive director of Shift4 Payments, will be in charge of commanding the trip around the Earth that will last three days, until they return to the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
For the Inspiration4 mission, the SpaceX company applied a strategy of reusing the capsule and the rocket, equipment previously used for other missions, resulting in lower costs for each space trip.
This mission will go further in space than the one on which millionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard traveled a few months ago. SpaceX capsule takes off with first civilian mission to space.
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