Space travel is now open to the public
SpaceX's Inspiration4 has picked two new astronauts and will be launching September 2021
Via press release
is the first all civilian space mission, and military-trained pilots. Funded by a billionaire CEO (, also the mission commander), the mission team just announced its final two crew members to join Isaacman and on the journey.
, a geoscientist and educator, won her spot through an entrepreneurship competition for using Isaacman’s platform. She is extremely well-qualified to be an astronaut, too — she completed multiple trips on Earth as an and has been a finalist in . Chris Sembroski, an engineer, Air Force veteran, and all-around space enthusiast, won his seat through a raffle where proceeds went to .
Launch is planned for , and these new astronauts will in crew capsule before returning home. This is by no means the first historic feat SpaceX has taken on — they were the first private company to and the first to . They’ve also created the first reusable rocket, the , and currently have the in the world (although that one might ).
Despite their illustrious track record, they’re not the first company to get into space tourism — although they are the first to successfully make it happen without the government’s help. Billionaires have been buying tickets through (hopping aboard Soyuz spacecraft) for years, (of Amazon infamy) owns , and has . Even more private space companies have appeared in recent years, showing us that we truly are on the verge of a new era of space exploration (for better or for worse), with SpaceX leading the way.