SpaceX launches its first mission consisting of four civilian crew members

A historic moment for the space program, and one that we could consider a hinge in terms of access to space for thousands of people in the coming years.

The Inspiration 4 mission was born thanks to the intention of billionaire Jared Isaacman, CEO of the company Shop4Payments and well-known stunt pilot, to reach space. He decided to approach SpaceX and literally buy a mission from the company from Elon Musk.

Isaacman would be the commander of the same, but he decided to do something quite particular with the remaining three seats of the capsule with the aim of making donations and raising awareness of the work carried out by the well-known Saint Jude hospital, famous for its fight against cancer in children . He would name the three seats, Hope, Prosperity and Gratitude, pillars of the mission.

The Esperanza seat was assigned to Hayley Arceneaux, who is currently working as a medical assistant at the same St. Jude Hospital. Hayley is a survivor of cancer, a disease she suffered when she was 10 years old. Today, recovered, she will have the opportunity of a lifetime to fly into space.

Areceneax is the only one of the crew who speaks Spanish and when Debate asked her if she would send a message in Spanish during the mission, she replied that she would be happy to do so.

The Prosperity seat was assigned to the Doctora Siam Proctor, geologist and communicator. Proctor was assigned to the mission after setting up her art business online, using the Shift4Payment system and making donations to St. Jude Hospital.

Siam Proctor is no stranger to the space program, her father worked on the Apollo project and she herself became a finalist in NASA’s astronaut selection in 2009.

Ultimately, the Generosity seat would be assigned to the winner of a lottery of all people who donated directly to the Saint Jude Hospital website.

Chris Sembroski He would not win the lottery, but a friend of his who decided not to fly and leave his place to Sembroski, an aeronautical engineer and current employee of the Lockheed Martin company, in addition to being an Air Force veteran, performing maintenance on Minuteman III intercontinental missiles.

The mission will be in orbit for three days, where the crew will carry out various scientific experiments, ranging from ultrasound to blood extraction and analysis.

One particularity that this mission will have, which it will not dock with the Space Station, is that this Dragon capsule will have a glass dome under its cone. Specially prepared by SpaceX, it is the largest one-piece dome (and window) ever to reach orbit.

The mission will end with a scheduled landing on the coast of the Atlantic, but the location of the “splashdown” will depend on the weather conditions prevailing at the time of return.

In order to collect more donations, the mission will also launch an auction of up to 50 works of art that will be auctioned during the mission in the form of NFTS (Non fungible Tokens).

Undoubtedly a historic mission that will undoubtedly mark the beginning of a new era in space travel.


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