On September 15, 2021, SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 mission is set to usher us into a new era of spaceflight. This historic spaceflight could open up space exploration to all of humanity, not just astronauts.
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We’ve officially seen trained astronauts and billionaires go up to space…but what about the rest of us? Well, SpaceX is set to make history AGAIN. This time with its Inspiration4 mission launching the first all civilian crew to orbit, marking the first step in a brand new chapter of human spaceflight.
Inspiration4 will be SpaceX’s first free flight of its Dragon capsule, meaning it won’t dock to the ISS. And unlike Virgin Galactic or Blue Origin’s launches, Inspiration4 will be heading up much higher than Branson and Bezos, to an altitude of roughly 579 kilometers above Earth, much further than the ISS, which orbits at roughly 400 kilometers. In addition, the crew aims to raise millions of dollars for St Jude’s Research Hospital to help find a cure for cancer.
Inspiration4 is going to be historic for many reasons, but it also marks a new era for spaceflight, where ordinary civilians like you or me could one day head up to space. I mean there’s still the issue of the current prices costing thousands and even millions of dollars, but this mission is a small step towards making space a bit more accessible than it’s ever been before.
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SpaceX is also working with the researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine to study the crew’s genomes, microbiomes, telomeres (a DNA-protein structure found at the end of a chromosome) and more.
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They will orbit the Earth at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour above the International Space Station, approximately 335 miles from the Earth. After three days, the crew will descend back to Earth and reach the sea near the Florida coast
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But like the other missions, the crew will be trained on how to take over the controls if needed. Passenger Jared Isaacman told Time this month that the group covered over 60 procedures for capsule operation, packed into 60-hour weeks of training over several months.
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