SpaceX launches civilian crew of four into space for the first time

SpaceX has launched the Crew Dragon as part of the Inspiration4 mission. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle took off on September 16 at 3:02 am Moscow time.

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during the flight, the spacecraft will reach an orbit with an altitude of 575 km. The orbit of the ISS, for comparison, is about 420 km.

The crew included:Hayley Arsenault, a doctor at Children's Hospital in Memphis, Cyan Proctor, a professor of geology, Christopher Sembrosky of the aerospace corporation at Lockheed Martin, and an American billionaire Jared Isaacman: he paid for all four places on the ship.

According to the businessman, the flight is a charity event aimed at raising $ 200 million for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

During the flight, the crew will also study how weightlessness affects the human body. This will help with the next launches of civilian crews.

The flight will last three days, after which Crew Dragon will splash down on one of the sites off the coast of Florida.

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