Elon Musk commits $50M to St. Jude fundraiser after Inspiration4 crew completes space flight
The first all-civilian crew to visit space received quite the welcome home gift shortly after successfully completing their three-day mission aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. >> Read more trending newsSpaceX founder, CEO and chief engineer Elon Musk tweeted soon after the Inspiration4 crew splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast that he is personally gifting $50 million toward the amateur flight crew’s $200 million fundraising goal to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. >> Related: Splashdown: Watch first all-civilian crew complete SpaceX mission, return to Earth“Count me in for $50m,” Musk wrote, in response to a tweet from the four-person crew that they were: “Happy. Home.” The crew had asked the public in their tweet for help reaching their $200 million fundraising target. Thank you @elonmusk for this generous donation toward our $200 million dollar fundraising goal for @StJude!!!wftv.com
Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown
SpaceX got them into a 363-mile (585-kilometer) orbit following Wednesday night’s launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. That's 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station. (SpaceX via AP) (Uncredited)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — Four space tourists ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. SpaceX’s fully automated Dragon capsule reached an unusually high altitude of 363 miles (585 kilometers) after Wednesday night’s liftoff. Four SpaceX flights are already booked carry paying customers to the space station, accompanied by former NASA astronauts.wftv.com
SpaceX's 1st tourists homeward bound after 3 days in orbit
Private Spaceflight This photo provided by SpaceX shows the passengers of Inspiration4 in the Dragon capsule on their first day in space. SpaceX got them into a 363-mile (585-kilometer) orbit following Wednesday night’s launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (SpaceX via AP) (Uncredited)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying four space tourists aimed for a splashdown off the Florida coast Saturday evening. The first all-amateur flight to orbit Earth began three days ago with a launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX envisions up to six private flights a year, sandwiched between astronaut launches for NASA to the International Space Station.wftv.com
Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX's 1st private crew
That's 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station. (SpaceX via AP) (Uncredited)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Last year, NASA confirmed it was in talks with Cruise about visiting the International Space Station for filming. That’s 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station. Now a physician assistant at St. Jude, Arceneaux took up an old photo of herself — bald from treatment for bone cancer at age 10.wftv.com
SpaceX's 1st private crew motivates cancer kids from orbit
That's 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station. That's 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station. Hayley Arceneaux, a childhood cancer survivor, chatted Thursday with patients at the hospital that saved her life almost 20 years ago: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Now a physician assistant at St. Jude, Arceneaux took up an old photo of herself — bald from treatment for bone cancer at age 10. He's seeking to raise $200 million for St. Jude through the flight he's named Inspiration4, half of that coming from his own pocket.wftv.com
Inspiration4 'space puppy' doubles as zero-g indicator and fundraiser on SpaceX mission
As the second stage engine of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket cut off, Hayley Arceneaux reached into a pouch strapped to her leg and pulled out a plush doll. She then let it go. The toy, attached to a tether, began to float above Arceneaux's head.space.com
Contest winners, health worker orbiting world in SpaceX 1st
Isaacman has pledged $100 million to St. Jude and is seeking another $100 million in public donations. HAYLEY ARCENEAUX, ST. JUDE’S REPNow a physician assistant at St. Jude, Arceneaux was a bone cancer patient at the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital at age 10. To save her left leg, St. Jude replaced her knee and part of her thigh bone, implanting a titanium rod. She’ll chat with St. Jude patients from orbit, reminding them that their dreams, too, can come true. She’s taken along her late father’s St. Jude tie, a prized possession.wftv.com
SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip
But this time, the Dragon capsule aimed for an altitude of 357 miles (575 kilometers), just beyond the Hubble Space Telescope. The only significant change is the large domed window at the top in place of the usual space station docking mechanisms. Isaacman, an accomplished pilot, persuaded SpaceX to take the Dragon capsule higher than it’s ever been. SpaceX’s next private trip, early next year, will see a retired NASA astronaut escorting three wealthy businessmen to the space station for a weeklong visit. The Russians are launching an actress, film director and a Japanese tycoon to the space station in the next few months.wftv.com
SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip
.SpaceX’s first private flight has streaked into orbit with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor. It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an all-amateur crew and no professional astronauts. SpaceX’s recycled rocket soared Wednesday night from the same Kennedy Space Center pad used by the company’s three previous astronaut flights for NASA. But this time, the Dragon capsule aimed for an unusually high orbit, 100 miles higher than the International...
Inspiration4 crew planning ultrasounds, microbe samples and more to understand health during flight
The crew of the first-ever all-civilian orbital spaceflight will conduct medical experiments during the flight that will help researchers better understand spaceflight's effects on the human body.space.com
Civilians in space: Who are the astronauts flying on Falcon 9 and what is their mission?
SpaceX mission FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon 2 spacecraft lifts off on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. He won a sweepstakes that raised $100 million for St. Jude, beating 72,000 other people for a seat. She is the first Black female pilot to fly a space mission, she told “Today.” She is a geoscientist and licensed pilot, Reuters reported. She will be the youngest American to go to space at the age of 29 and the first person with a prosthetic on a space mission after she lost her leg to cancer. It is also the fourth crewed SpaceX mission.wftv.com
From Etsy to Earth orbit: Inspiration4 crew packs mementos for space (and sale)
Hayley Arceneaux is soon to become the first person with a prosthetic body part to enter space. She will be the youngest American to orbit Earth. And she may be the first-ever astronaut to have shopped on Etsy to find some of her personal space gear.space.com
SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission scheduled to launch tonight
Inspiration4 launch prep Preparations are underway for the historic Inspiration 4 launch from Florida's Space Coast. (SpaceX/SpaceX)CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. — SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission is scheduled to liftoff from launch complex 39-A at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday evening. The Inspiration 4 mission will be commanded by pilot and billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. Isaacman said he’s using the Inspiration 4 mission to raise awareness and money for St. Jude Research Hospital. READ: All suited up: Inspiration4 crew completes full dry dress rehearsal ahead of historic launchThe launch window is set to open at 8:02 p.m. Wednesday.wftv.com
Inspiration4 civilian astronaut, cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux writes a note to her younger self
Inspiration4's first all-civilian mission to space aboard a SpaceX rocket will include St. Jude Children's Research Hospital physician assistant and cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux. The 29-year-old represents the hope pillar of the mission and will be the youngest American to travel to space. As she prepares for this historic journey, Arceneaux writes a note to her younger self for our Emmy-nominated series, Note to Self.news.yahoo.com
Educator, Air Force veteran get seats on billionaire’s private SpaceX flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A billionaire’s private SpaceX flight filled its two remaining seats Tuesday with a scientist-teacher and a data engineer whose college friend actually won a spot but gave him the prize. Their SpaceX Dragon capsule — currently parked at the International Space Station for NASA — will launch no earlier than mid-September, aiming for an altitude of 335 miles (540 kilometers). That’s 75 miles (120 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station and on a level with the Hubble Space Telescope. AdThe capsule will be outfitted with a domed window in place of the usual space station docking mechanism for their trip. The St. Jude physician assistant was treated there as a child for bone cancer.
Last call: Contest for first private trip on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ends soon
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – The stakes are high, about 200 miles high, for fundraisers, YouTubers and creative space enthusiasts vying to be on board the first private trip to orbit Earth in a SpaceX Crew Dragon. The Inspiration 4 contest established by Jared Isaacman, the CEO of Shift4 Payment, will send four private citizens to low-Earth orbit later this year in the spacecraft. Interested space travelers could enter the competition by either donating to St. Jude or using Shift4Shop to share their business stories on social media. Brevard County launch photographer John Kraus, 21, threw his hat in the ring raising nearly $10,000 for St. Jude with his original photography. The four-person crew will launch from Kennedy Space Center’s launchpad 39A.
Bone cancer survivor to join billionaire on SpaceX flight
(Mike Brown/American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – After beating bone cancer, Hayley Arceneaux figures rocketing into orbit on SpaceX’s first private flight should be a piece of cosmic cake. When she was 10, she had surgery at St. Jude to replace her knee and get a titanium rod in her left thigh bone. Isaacman announced his space mission Feb. 1, pledging to raise $200 million for St. Jude, half of that his own contribution. As the flight’s self-appointed commander, he offered one of the four SpaceX Dragon capsule seats to St. Jude. One will be a sweepstakes winner; anyone donating to St. Jude this month is eligible.
Meet the bone cancer survivor who will become the youngest American in space
When she was 10, she had surgery at St. Jude to replace her knee and get a titanium rod in her left thigh bone. Ad“My battle with cancer really prepared me for space travel,” Arceneaux said in an interview with The Associated Press. Isaacman announced his space mission Feb. 1, pledging to raise $200 million for St. Jude, half of that his own contribution. As the flight’s self-appointed commander, he offered one of the four SpaceX Dragon capsule seats to St. Jude. One will be a sweepstakes winner; anyone donating to St. Jude this month is eligible.