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SpaceX’s all-civilian crew sends views from space after successful Inspiration4 launch

The crew aboard SpaceX's flight is composed of all civilians. (SpaceX)

Elon Musk is holding true to his promise to make space tourism accessible. The world's first all-civilian space mission made history yesterday evening when SpaceX launched the Inspiration4 crew into orbit at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida.

In a spacecraft fashioned from a used Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket, the Inspiration4 crew will remain in space for three days, where they will perform medical experiments, before touching back down to the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 18.

The spacecraft lifted off around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The team was quick to share the wonder with a video of the blue planet from the ship's cupola window.

Who's on the crew?

Jared Isaacman

Serving as the mission commander, Isaacman is a tech entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. The billionaire financed the trip.

Sian Proctor

A geoscientist, science communicator and actress, Proctor is the mission's pilot.

Hayley Arceneaux

Bone cancer survivor, physician assistant for St. Jude's and now the youngest American to make it to space at 29, Arceneaux is the chief medical officer.

Chris Sembroski

The team's mission specialist, Sembroski is a data engineer and an Air Force Veteran.

While drawing from experiences from professional crews prior, the four members of Inspiration4 will be tested for balance and perception both before and after to compare the tests, a common practice for professional astronauts.

Data about the crew's "movement, sleep, heart rate and rhythm, blood oxygen saturation, cabin noise and light intensity" will be monitored while they're in space, according to a release, and will continue to be monitored even after they land. Since fewer than 600 people have been to space before, this data is scare and highly valuable to SpaceX and others who wish to plunge deeper into the vastness of the cosmos.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said she is proud to be "paving the way for a future where space is more accessible" in a statement.

"We are so proud that they entrusted us to fly them," Shotwell said. "On behalf of all SpaceX employees, I want to thank the crew and their families for allowing us to be a part of their historic mission."


Pickleball gold rush links LeBron with Austin and a network of local investors like Brené Brown

King James

It's not on the level of LeBron signing with the Spurs, but who knows, maybe you'll see him at Guero's one day, having a Rob's Especial marg and a No. 1 dinner?

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, LeBron's business partner Maverick Carter, and a bunch of other sports-related investors are buying a Major League Pickleball expansion franchise.

Oddly, MLP teams aren't associated with places, so at this point it's just "an expansion team."

But Major League Pickelball is based in Austin, created, according to the Austin Business Journal, by Dreamland and Richard's Rainwater owner Steve Kuhn.

League investors include familiar Austin names like C3 Presents founders Charles Attal and Charlie Walker, Parsley Energy founder and partial Austin FC owner Brian Sheffield, Silicon Labs Chairman Nav Sooch, and pickleball enthusiast Brené Brown.

Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
Camp Fimfo Waco

Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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