Who are the other crew members?
Hayley Arceneaux, 29 years old, is a medical assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Almost two decades ago, Ms. Arceneaux, who grew up in the small town of St. Francisville, Louisiana, was a patient in St. Jude when bone cancer was diagnosed in her left leg, just above. above the knee. Ms. Arceneaux underwent chemotherapy and an operation to install prosthetic bones in her leg.
Ms. Arceneaux could become the youngest American to ever travel to orbit. She will also be the first person with a prosthetic body part to go into space. She will be the mission health officer.
Sian Proctor, 51, is a community college professor in Tempe, Ariz.
Dr Proctor, with a doctorate in science education, was among the 47 finalists selected by NASA for an astronaut class in 2009. The space agency chose nine new astronauts that year, but Dr Proctor was not one of them.
She will be the pilot of the Inspiration4 mission and the first black woman to pilot a spaceship.
Christophe Sembroski, 42, from Everett, Wash., Works in data engineering for Lockheed Martin. During his college studies, Mr. Sembroski had worked as a counselor at Space Camp. He will be the mission specialist for Inspiration4.
How do they get into orbit?
The four Inspiration4 crew members will be inside a Crew Dragon capsule built by SpaceX. The capsule will be launched on one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets.
This is exactly the same system that is used to take NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. Indeed, the capsule they travel in, named Resilience, was used for a NASA mission launched in November last year. It returned to Earth in May and was refurbished for the Inspiration4 mission.