/ 16 September 2021

A spaceship without astronauts

Image source: Inspiration4
Image source: Inspiration4

For the first time ever, an all-civilian crew is set to blast off at 10.02am (AEST) this morning aboard the fully automated SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. In what’s been dubbed the Inspiration4 mission, 4 non-astronauts, including the guy who bought the flight, billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, will embark on a 3-day orbit of Earth. Joining him will be 29yo childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux and 2 competition winners: geoscience professor/pilot Sian Proctor and data engineer Chris Sembroski. “This is the first step toward a world where everyday people can go and venture among the stars,” Isaacman said. You can follow their journey here.

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