No professional astronauts: SpaceX will launch first all-civilian crew into orbit tonight

No professional astronauts: SpaceX will launch first all-civilian crew into orbit tonight

No professional astronauts: SpaceX will launch first all-civilian crew into orbit tonight CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch four ordinary citizens into orbit Wednesday night without any professional astronauts along for the ride, an unprecedented feat in the history of spaceflight. The five-hour launch window for Inspiration4 will open at 8:02 p.m. EDT for launch from Launch Complex 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center. A backup window opens at 8:05 p.m. EDT Thursday. Sitting atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be four private citizens in a specially modified Crew Dragon capsule awaiting to start three days of orbiting the Earth, the first time an all-civilian crew will have orbited the planet. Rather than just climbing to the edge of space and returning to land in less …
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