At 8 p.m. on September 15, 2021, SpaceX launchd Inspiration4, the first all-civilian mission into low-Earth orbit. The four-person crew’s mission includes orbiting Earth for three days before splashing down off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The right stuff

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