Elon Musk’s SpaceX is officially third in the billionaire space race after launching a Dragon capsule above the Earth’s atmosphere, in an effort to pave the way for future space tourism.
The capsule contained 4 civilians from a variety of backgrounds, none of which have flown a spacecraft before…
Making it the first-ever space flight without any professional personnel on board, although they have each been given 6 months of training specifically for the mission.
The crew, aptly named Inspiration4, took off on Wednesday night from the Kennedy Space Center.
Onboard the craft is Jared Isaacman, a thirty-eight-year-old billionaire, who helped fund the mission; forty-two-year-old Chris Sembroski; fifty-one-year-old Sian Proctor, and Hayley Arceneux, who at twenty-nine is the youngest American to venture into space.
The capsule will orbit the Earth for 3 days before reentering the atmosphere and will land safely somewhere off the coast of Florida.
But that isn’t before the spacecraft reaches heights of 360 miles above the Earth, which to put it into perspective, is almost the same distance as the Hubble Telescope is in space.
Sian Proctor, who is a college teacher by profession, is making waves as she is now the fourth black female astronaut, and the first black female pilot to venture into space.
As per Metro, she said: “There have been three black female astronauts that have made it to space, and knowing that I’m going to be the fourth means that I have this opportunity to not only accomplish my dream, but also inspire, and inspire the next generation of women and girls of color.”
The incredible feat comes after billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos successfully lifted off into space within just 1 week of each other…
However, Elon Musk has taken his space flight to the next level, with the Dragon capsule being the first spacecraft containing purely amateur astronauts.
What a time for space travel!