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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

SpaceX aimed to blast a billionaire into orbit Wednesday night with his two contest winners and a healthcare worker who survived childhood cancer. It's the first chartered passenger flight for Elon Musk's SpaceX and a big step in space tourism by a private company.

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The Pennsylvania entrepreneur who is picking up the tab " Jared Isaacman " won't say how much he paid. After blasting off sometime after 8:02pm local time Wednesday (00:02 GMT), Isaacman and his fellow passengers will spend three days orbiting Earth at an unusually high altitude of 575km (357 miles) " 160km (100 miles) higher than the International Space Station " before splashing down off the Florida coast this weekend.

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First time in 60 years.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-09-15 09:02 PM | Reply

Now THIS is ballsy. No pilot? All on auto pilot? In orbit for 3 DAYS??? 100 miles ABOVE the ISS? 4 people who have never been on a space flight? Wow!

I'm not going to speak or mention on what could happen, and it would be horrible. I wish them the best.

I think this will be the beginning of something..

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2021-09-15 09:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I hope this is the start of the world realizing a higher human potential, than the usual greedfest of warring over limited resources and boundary lines... We could be so much more than we currently are...

#3 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-09-15 09:21 PM | Reply

It was further out than the space station and completed an orbit around the entire planet.

This was the first legitimate space voyage by a private group.

Two years till a moon shot?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-15 09:29 PM | Reply

#4 - Not for the Americans. And it won't be private when it does happen. NASA says late 2024 until there is another American flag on the moon, but I think it will be later than that. SpaceX has been chosen to do it, though.

#5 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-15 09:34 PM | Reply

God speed on your journey to Mars and beyond, Space Cadets.

#6 | Posted by Jaspar at 2021-09-15 09:53 PM | Reply

Why waste the money and resources? Man is an earthbound ape. These trips are trips to " nowhere".

#7 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-09-15 10:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

ICUs over crowded ... and these ashts.

#8 | Posted by ichiro at 2021-09-15 10:09 PM | Reply

#8 - I don't get the connection between space cowboys and overcrowded ICUs. Did you post on the wrong thread?

#9 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-15 10:13 PM | Reply

Were they vaccinated?

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-15 10:14 PM | Reply

#8 - I don't get the connection

#9 | POSTED BY JAKESTER

No sh$t, Sherlock. You're an pf-ing moron.

#11 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-15 10:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#7 - we aren't fish, either, but we sailed the seas to explore things we would never otherwise have seen if we didn't behave like fish.

Humans have an innate desire to explore. The day we stop wondering about our universe and stop asking questions about it an exploring it will be the day we stop being human.

#12 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-15 10:20 PM | Reply

#7 - besides, you aren't paying for these guys' trip. Why do you care?

#13 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-15 10:20 PM | Reply

It will be nice to put an American on the moon again and it will enrage the inbred Russians and chubby Chinese running their worthless countries for their lies to fall flat in the face of reality.

Then again I would be fine with it if it was a Canadian that went to the Moon.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-15 10:25 PM | Reply

#14 - I see the next moon mission another space race since the Chinese have also said they would have a man there in 2024-2025. That might be the only reason we would make it by then. If not for that, I think (as I said upthread) we won't make it by then.

However, Musk has proven he can do it. He has had a lot of success an experience in space. So who knows?

#15 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-15 10:28 PM | Reply

This was spectacular tonight. The burn, the plume - extending for miles and miles, all lit up, the jellyfish like envelope of a cloud around it at the separation, and then the booster returning - pumping out enormous smoke rings - pulsing - as it descended. Absolutely stunning to watch.

This was awesome. Like seeing the early Starlink satellite train - one right after another, all in a straight line across the sky.

Some amazing stuff to watch!

#16 | Posted by YAV at 2021-09-15 10:31 PM | Reply

I just watched SpaceX's video of the launch and subsequent events.

It's great the goal is to raise $200,000,000 for St Jude.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-09-16 12:11 AM | Reply

Meanwhile back on Earth people are still starving to death every day.

#18 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-09-16 07:55 AM | Reply

Without knowing the news, I saw this by chance while out on a walk. Suddenly there was an orange fire streak in the sky, which I recognized as a space launch, and it traveled from right to left putting on a show. I saw the booster rocket decouple and the wide smoke trail looked like a giant stingray.

The future is cool.

#19 | Posted by rcade at 2021-09-16 08:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#19 - I saw the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to the ISS last April. I have seen many rocket launches, but this one was probably the coolest. It was a night launch. The descent of the first stage was an incredible sight. The growing halo around it as it descended was breath taking. Being a night launch, it lit up its own exhaust as it was falling through it.

#20 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-16 08:51 AM | Reply

The SpaceX Starship now assembled is the largest rocket ever built -- larger than the Saturn V. I plan on being in Boca Chica, Texas when it launches. This will be the first orbital flight of the Sharship.

I saw the Starship SN 9 last December that crashed and burned. Although it crash landed, watching a rocket ship make a vertical descent was like something out of a '50s science fiction movie.

#21 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-16 08:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#19 - it sure filled up a large portion of the sky It was really cool! I grew up with the Saturn V's, and they lit the night up and you could feel them even where I lived at the time. Still this was more ethereal, another thing completely.

#22 | Posted by YAV at 2021-09-16 09:36 AM | Reply

7 - besides, you aren't paying for these guys' trip. Why do you care?

#13 | POSTED BY JAKESTER

Maybe he is a "closet Republican".

You know. Like you.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-16 05:18 PM | Reply

The future is cool.

#19 | POSTED BY RCADE

Welcome to the future!

It's pretty cool here. We also have self driving cars.

I hear my flying car is only 15 years away now!

Did you bring your mask and proof of vaccination?

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-16 05:20 PM | Reply

"Humans have an innate desire to explore. The day we stop wondering about our universe and stop asking questions about it an exploring it will be the day we stop being human."

Sounds almost like an intelligent comment until you consider the starvation and rampant diseases among humans on our planet. We have milliions of homeless people, we have idiots refusing to get vaccinated for COVID. I think we need to focus on the problems we have right here on Earth before we begin spreading our very flawed humanity on the rest of the Universe. Mankind is not ready to be space travelers, we need to get humanity here on Earth right before we start spreading it to other planets. And we are a very long way from accomplishing that.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-17 07:55 AM | Reply

"I hear my flying car is only 15 years away now!"

When you get yours and can fly over the rest of us it will sort of make the express toll lanes on our interstates seem irrelevant.
Plus most drivers can barely handle 2 dimensions when we add another dimentions (altitude) look out chaos will be upon us.

#26 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-17 08:36 AM | Reply

When you get yours and can fly over the rest of us it will sort of make the express toll lanes on our interstates seem irrelevant.

#26 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2021-09-17 08:36 AM | FLAG:

You'll pay an airport landing fee instead.

#27 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-17 08:58 AM | Reply

It's great the goal is to raise $200,000,000 for St Jude.
#17 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

It didn't cost more than that to build?
Just give the money right to St. Jude...

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-17 09:28 AM | Reply

All I see here is yet one more thing the rich get a chance at doing no one else can.

#29 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-09-17 07:28 PM | Reply

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