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Sep 16, 2021

Watch: Civilian astronauts depart Earth on Inspiration4 mission

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space travel

“The door is open now. The view is pretty incredible.”

Watch four “amateur astronauts” and a floating stuffed dog go to space.


The four crew members — Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman, scientist Sian Proctor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee Hayley Arceneaux, and aeronautical engineer Chris Sembroski — are the first all-civilian crew to fly aboard a private vehicle to low-Earth orbit.

“The door is open now. The view is pretty incredible,” said Isaacman, a billionaire who founded the retail payment processing company Shift4 Payments in 1999.

The mission comes two months after competitor Blue Origin’s historic — and not-all-too-popular — suborbital flight that saw four civilians go to space. One of them being Bezos’ brother.

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