20. The Super Bowl is a strange place for a story about space to start, but that’s where a lot of people first heard of Inspiration4 via a commercial released a few days after the mission’s formal announcement.
19. Jared Isaacman — a former pilot and CEO of Shift4 Payments — was the first crew member announced for the first-ever all-civilian space crew.
17. The anonymous winner of one of those seats declined the once-in-a-lifetime trip. Instead, they donated it to data engineer and Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski.
16. Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, science communicator, and former astronaut candidate, was chosen for the mission in a Shark Tank-style entrepreneur competition.
15. Hayley Arceneaux joined the mission as a representative of St. Jude, where she works as a physician assistant. As a child, she was treated for cancer at the hospital.
14. Once the crew was announced, they began a seven-month training process, which included climbing Mt. Rainier and getting used to both zero-g flight and high g-forces to simulate takeoff.
13. As training continued, SpaceX prepared the rocket that would carry the Inspiration4 crew to space.
12. Inspiration4 was powered by a Falcon 9 rocket. For years, the SpaceX team has worked to make the Falcon 9 reusable for more flights. It crossed the 10-launch milestone this year.
11. The Falcon 9 carried a modified Crew Dragon capsule — dubbed Resilience — where the Inspiration4 astronauts would spend their trip.
10. Since Inspiration4 wasn’t heading to the International Space Station, its Crew Dragon’s docking port was replaced with a cupola window.
5. Just after launch, Arceneaux took Inspiration4’s custom zero-g indicator for a walk. Modeled after St. Jude’s therapy dogs, replicas of the plush toy were also sold to raise money for the hospital.