SpaceX will launch the first tourists to orbit since 2009

Four paying passengers will ride a SpaceX rocket into orbit on Sept. 15, becoming the first tourists in orbit in more than a decade and kick-starting a new era of private activity in low-earth orbit.

Who is flying on Inspiration4?

Jordan Isaacman, the billionaire who founded the payments firm Shift4 as a 16 year-old, chartered the trip from Elon Musk’s space company. Isaacman chose three other passengers to join him on the Inspiration4 mission: Haley Arcenaux, a cancer survivor and physician’s assistant at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; Dr. Sian Proctor, a geology professor and space enthusiast who won a contest organized by Isaacman’s company and will be just the fourth Black woman in space; and Christopher Sembroski, a former Air Force officer and Lockheed Martin engineer who was chosen from a pool of donors to St. Jude’s.

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