Via press release
is the first all civilian space mission, and military-trained pilots. Funded by a billionaire CEO (, also the mission commander), the mission team just announced its final two crew members to join Isaacman and on the journey.
, a geoscientist and educator, won her spot through an entrepreneurship competition for using Isaacman’s platform. She is extremely well-qualified to be an astronaut, too — she completed multiple trips on Earth as an and has been a finalist in . Chris Sembroski, an engineer, Air Force veteran, and all-around space enthusiast, won his seat through a raffle where proceeds went to .
Launch is planned for , and these new astronauts will in crew capsule before returning home. This is by no means the first historic feat SpaceX has taken on — they were the first private company to and the first to . They’ve also created the first reusable rocket, the , and currently have the in the world (although that one might ).
Despite their illustrious track record, they’re not the first company to get into space tourism — although they are the first to successfully make it happen without the government’s help. Billionaires have been buying tickets through (hopping aboard Soyuz spacecraft) for years, (of Amazon infamy) owns , and has . Even more private space companies have appeared in recent years, showing us that we truly are on the verge of a new era of space exploration (for better or for worse), with SpaceX leading the way.