SpaceX sends all-civilian crew into orbit

SpaceX sends all-civilian crew into orbit
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In its first mission carrying all-civilian crew, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Wednesday night from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It was like a huge fireball illuminating the sky as the rocket’s nine engines left earth.

Soon after, the Dragon capsule separated from the Falcon rocket’s send stage as the crew entered the desired orbit.

The spaceship’s trajectory will take it to an altitude of 575 kilometers. It is to be noted that this is deeper into space even than the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew will spend three days spinning around earth.

The mission aims to raise 200 million dollars for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Throughout the flight, their biological data like heart rate, sleep, and their cognitive capacities, will be analyzed to study the health impacts of space.

In a first, the Dragon capsule is equipped with a cupola observation dome. This is the largest ever space window.

The mission’s stated goal remains to prove that the cosmos is accessible to people who have not been handpicked and trained for years as astronauts.

This will be the fourth crewed mission for SpaceX, which has now sent 10 astronauts to the ISS for NASA.

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