SpaceX Dragon capsule with four astronautsearly Sunday off the coast of Florida, the first night takeoff for an American crew in more than half a century. This same capsule will go down in history again in the fall, when it launched the first all-civilian space crew into orbit for the Inspiration 4 mission.
“It’s like a completely sacred land,” mission commander Jared Isaacman told CBS News Mark Strasman over historic Kennedy Space Center̵
The launch pad supports flights from the Apollo program to the space shuttle and will now help you pick up– a billionaire who survived childhood cancer, a scientific instructor and an engineer – in orbit.
Isaacman, a 38-year-old billionaire who dropped out of high school at age 16 to start a payment technology company, owns and operates hobby fighter jets.
When the new space trading era opened, he said he was interested in being a potential customer. He chartered a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that will orbit more than 300 miles above Earth – higher than– for three days.
The billionaire paid the company an undisclosed price for all four seats. Three went to complete strangers.
“When I found out that Inspiration 4 was going to be the first all-civilian space mission, well, then there’s no way it’s going to be a bunch of fishing friends to get on with. This is something of importance, responsibility. And we would make it really special, “Isakman said.
Each place will be a human virtue – Isaacman is shaped by “leadership”.
He donated two of the remaining three sites to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which specializes in.
Assistant doctor Hailey Arzeno is one of the recipients.
“St. Jude called me one day. They said they had something to talk to me about,” she recalled.
At 29, Arceneaux will become the youngest American to ever fly in space.
“They asked if I wanted to go and I immediately said‘ yes. ’And then, you know, I checked with my mother – she was on board,” Arseno laughed. “It was from that moment on that I knew it was absolutely something like a dream I didn’t even know I was dreaming.”
In 2002, Arceneaux was a patient in St. Jude’s. She was 10 years old and was being treated for bone cancer.
She recovered after chemotherapy and surgery, with a titanium rod in her left thigh bone. She now works at the same hospital that saved her life.
Its place in the capsule will be “hope”.
Arceneaux said the plan is to call St. Jude’s young patients from space.
“They will see that someone who was in their place, who also fought childhood cancer, can go into space. And I think that will really show them what they are capable of,” she said.
Sian Proctor, who teaches science at a municipal college in Phoenix, said she believes her space dream is over after she was handed over as a finalist in NASA’s astronaut program.
Proctor received a ticket to upload Inspiration 4, winning a competition for entrepreneurs – her place is “prosperity”.
She said she would never forget the moment when her dream of going into space was revived.
“I make the analogy with either Willie Wonka, and you open the chocolate bar and there’s the golden ticket, or Harry Potter, learning he’s a wizard,” Proctor said.
“I have to ride a Dragon in space.”
Chris Sembroski, a 41-year-old Seattle engineer, won fourth place through an online raffle to raise money for St. Jude.
While Sembroski actually lost the raffle, his friend won and gave him a chance. This last place will be “generosity”.
He remembered the moment he found out.
“I ran upstairs after the call to talk to my wife and said, ‘Honey, I’m going to rocket.’ And her answer was, “What?” And a daughter sitting there could say, “That’s great. That’s really great, Dad.” “Sembroski said.
The flight will go down in history – but Isaacman hopes he will also make money by raising money for St. Jude.
His goal is to raise $ 200 million for the hospital.
“We have a responsibility to take care of some of these problems here on Earth if we are going to explore among the stars,” he said.
Isaacman himself has already given $ 100 million to St. Jude.
“I know how lucky I have been in life. The ball has bounced many times. Some of these families have got a terrible hand in life,” he said. “So we have to do something about it. That’s why it has to be such a big initiative.”