SPACEX will launch four private individuals on a capsule to orbit around Earth in “the world’s first all-civilian mission,” the aerospace company announced on Monday.
Billionaire Jared Isaacman, the CEO of Shift4 Payments, bought the flight and will command it when it takes off in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Isaacman is donating the three other seats “to crew members who will be selected to represent the mission pillars of leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity,” SpaceX stated in a press release.
Called Inspiration4, the mission is aimed at raising $200million for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A health care worker at the children’s hospital has already been chosen for the mission.
Isaacman said in a statement that flying Inspiration4 has been a "lifelong dream" and a "step towards a future in which anyone can venture out and explore the stars."
"I truly want us to live in a world 50 or 100 years from now where people are jumping in their rockets like the Jetsons and there are families bouncing around on the moon with their kid in a spacesuit," Isaacman stated.
"I also think if we are going to live in that world, we better conquer childhood cancer along the way."
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