For the first time, four ordinary people went on a multi-day space flight in orbit. The Dragon capsule, leased by 38-year-old American billionaire Jared Isaacman for SpaceX, was launched Wednesday evening with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Spaceport in Florida, USA.
SpaceX talks about “the first mission to orbit the Earth with just ordinary people” – there is no professional astronaut on board, as the capsule flies largely spontaneously.
The Dragon, along with Isaacman and his three traveling companions, are supposed to orbit the Earth for about three days. At an altitude of about 580 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, the capsule should fly higher than the International Space Station (ISS) and orbit Earth at a speed of about 30,000 kilometers per hour every 90 minutes.
The mission called “Inspiration4”, which is also documented on the streaming service “Netflix”, aims to raise funds for a children’s hospital in the US state of Tennessee, among other things. The four travelers who work all day must do science experiments. (sda/dpa)
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