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Successful Historic All-Civilian Spaceflight Mission

15 Sep 2021, 6:30 pm

The countdown has been complete for a mission like we’ve never seen before:  Inspiration4!

This is the first-ever all-civilian human spaceflight aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Inspiration4 crew arrives in Florida. Top to Bottom: Jared Isaacman, Chris Sembroski, Dr. Sian Proctor, and Hayley Arceneaux. Photo credit: Inspiration4 / John Kraus

The historic launch will take four crew members into orbit – a pilot, a physician assistant who is a cancer survivor, a technician from Lockheed Martin and U.S. Air Force Veteran, and a geoscientist representing leadership, hope, generosity, and prosperity.

READ MORE: Meet the Inspiration4 Crew members! 

Rollout at Launch Complex 39A. Left to Right: Chris Sembroski, Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, and Dr. Sian Proctor. Photo credit: Inspiration4 / John Kraus

The multi-day journey goal is to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and include scientific research to aid in advancing human health back home as well as in space.

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