15 September 2021
The first all-civilian mission on a multiday trip to space is ready to launch from Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday night.
The crew held a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, a day before launch. For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX's first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who's bankrolling the entire trip.
Set to launch Wednesday night from Kennedy Space Center, the two men and two women will soar 100 miles higher than the space station, aiming for an altitude of 357 miles, just above the current position of the Hubble Space Telescope.
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