US News inspiration4: who are the four tourists who go alone in space?

23:20  15 september  2021
23:20  15 september  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Four Americans must take off Thursday morning from Florida, between 2:02 and 7:02 (Paris time), to participate in an unprecedented space mission, 100% civilian , without professional astronaut so. Little known to the general public, the members of Inspiration4, operated by the private company Spacex, will orbit on board the crew dragon for three days 590 km from the Earth. The trip must make it possible to make known and collect funds for St Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jared Isaacman, 38, orders the mission and finance: it is he who paid Spacex the "tickets" of his teammates. If it is today billionaire, it has not always known success. The former cencular, from New Jersey, abandons high school at 15 years. A year later, he creates at his parents' company the company that will later become Shift4 Payments, a bank card transaction processing for traders and restaurateurs. It is today listed on the stock market and employs 1,200 employees.

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In the meantime, Jared Isaacman has taken passion for aviation. He holds several records of the world around the plane who, as inspiration4, allowed him to collect money for sick children. "It's the American dream, American ambition. In the United States, there are many Give Back [Give, in English, NDLR]: I have made a fortune, I give the community, I give children. It is a beautiful message, "comments François Chopard, founder of Starburst, spatial start-up accelerator. In 2008, Jared Isaacman attended Soyuz's takeoff, with on board, already a tourist, Richard Garriott, accompanied for his share of astronauts in the rocket and in the International Space Station (ISS).

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at 29, Hayley Arnesaux will become the youngest American astronaut. She will also be the first person in the world wearing a prosthesis to go into space. And according to the series of Netflix "countdown", devoted to the mission, it would also be the first survivor of pediatric cancer to fly away. Because the young woman from Louisiana was treated in her childhood for bone cancer. It was at St Jude Hospital, the one where Hayley Arnesaux is today medical assistant in a service that deals with patients with leukemias or lymphoma. The same establishment as the inspiration mission4 must make known and contribute to finance.

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Christopher Sembroski, 42, is also linked to this hospital, since he participated in a fundraising. A friend, winner of a draw made from the donors, sold his seat in the crew dragon. Ancient American Air Force, Chris Sembroski participated in the war in Iraq. This enthusiast of space is now engineer in the aerospace industry for Lockheed Martin.

SIAN PROCTOR, born 51 years ago on Guam Island, will be the fourth african american from space. Professor of Geology in Arizona, Explorer and Specialist in Science Education, it is multicasts. His father worked at NASA and tried, herself, to join the American space agency twice, in vain. It was chosen by Jared Isaacman, after a selection made within a panel of entrepreneurs on television.

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