SpaceX Inspiration4 lifts off on first all-civilian orbital mission

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -The SpaceX mission Inspiration4 — the first all-private orbital spaceflight — lifted off from Florida on Wednesday night, carrying four civilians led by philanthropist and pilot Jared Isaacman. The Falcon 9 rocket carried the Crew Dragon capsule into a mostly clear night sky as planned at 8:02 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. “The Inspiration 4 have lifted off, and they are now in orbit around the Earth,” a SpaceX commentator said during a broadcast. Cheers erupted from several groups gathered at NASA buildings around the property. A last bit of sunlight lit up the rocket’s contrail briefly as it ascended. (UINEWS)

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