A self-made billionaire, an assistant doctor, a geologist and an Air Force veteran have been spaced out into space – material for a Hollywood film!
Because all four are space laypeople, tourists. You are traveling alone, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:02 a.m. in a SpaceX rocket. After entering orbit and orbiting the earth, they should land back on earth after three days.
In the control center, relieved cheers broke out again and again when the rocket took off as planned and the space amateurs entered Earth orbit minutes later in their spaceship. It’s another chapter in the history of space travel. The backgrounds:
Entrepreneur Elon Musk (50), Tesla inventor and head of the private space company SpaceX, has sold the ride in his spaceship “Crew Dragon”. Rumor has it that the tourist flight cost $ 200 million.
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► Billionaire Jared Isaacman, 38, has earned all four places. The entrepreneur himself flies – sits as the commander in the fully automated “Dragon” capsule. He gave away the three other places on the “Inspiration 4” mission. With him on board:
► Assistant doctor Hayley Arceneaux (29). As a child she contracted a bone tumor and lives with a thigh prosthesis. She is the mission’s medical officer.
► Geologist Sian Proctor (51) teaches at a small college in Arizona. Her father worked for NASA during the Apollo mission.
► Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski (42) is to take over communication with the earth and monitor the loading.