SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission will take off this Wednesday, September 15 from the legendary Kennedy Space Center at NASA, Florida. If the company has already sent humans to space three times, this fourth time will only carry private passengers. They will be four aboard the Dragon capsule, perched at the top of the 70 meters of the Falcon 9 rocket.
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Among them, the American billionaire Jared Isaacman. Boss of a financial company, it is he who chartered this mission. “No worries, can’t wait to leave!” “, assured the seasoned 38-year-old pilot, questioned about his state of mind during a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center of NASA, in Florida. He decided to offer three seats to anonymous.
Hayley Arceneaux, 29, is a pediatric cancer survivor, and now works in St Jude Hospital in Memphis (Tennessee) where she was treated as a child. The one who wanted to become an astronaut confided that she could never have been connected with the physical imperatives required by NASA, since she has a titanium rod in her leg.
“If there is funk, it’s good fun”, confided this 29-year-old medical assistant. “I just can’t wait to see you tomorrow. “
“Since the announcement, every day has been the happiest day of my life”
Chris Sembroski, 42, is a former US Air Force employee who now works in the aviation industry. This Iraq war veteran compared the experience he is about to live to a trip in an RV – the Dragon capsule they will live in is only 8 meters high by 4 meters in diameter. “You roll up in (a sleeping bag) so you don’t float into each other overnight!” “, he joked.
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Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old earth science professor, was among the finalists to become an astronaut at NASA in 2009. She will be the first African-American to serve as a pilot on a space flight.
“Since the announcement, every day has been the happiest day of my life”, she said. Moved, she said she spoke with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama on the phone Tuesday.
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The four had never met before they started training just six months ago – compared to years of training for astronauts. But they now all ensure they get along wonderfully. According to The Atlantic, Jared Isaacman organized hiking and camping days to get them to know each other and work together.
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While the flight will normally be fully automated, they have been trained by SpaceX to be able to take control in an emergency.
Take-off must take place from 8:02 p.m. (2 a.m. in France). The Dragon capsule will remain in space for three days. It will go further than the ISS, which rotates at an altitude of 400 km, aiming for an orbit of 575 km.
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This mission should make it possible to analyze how complete novices react to the space environment, their sleep, their heart rate, their blood or their cognitive capacities will be analyzed. Tests will also be carried out before and after the flight.