Sumary of ‘Very Ordinary’ Astronauts Prepare for an Extraordinary Launch to Space:
- The trip shows that a private citizen, at least someone with a couple hundred million dollars and a few months to spare, is now able to essentially rent a spacecraft to circle the planet.
- ’”With his crew of everypersons, Mr. Isaacman is endeavoring to achieve a goal of science fiction authors and space enthusiasts: to open space to everyone, not just professional astronauts and wealthy space tourists.
- Mr. Isaacman has declined to say how much he is paying, only that it was less than the $200 million he hopes to raise for St.
- And the endeavor carries high risks, with many observers invoking the death of Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was aboard the space shuttle Challenger when it disintegrated during launch in 1986. It’s far from a commercial airline flight and more like the orbital equivalent of scaling Mount Everest.