Four civilians have blasted into space on a SpaceX mission.
The launch is the world’s first-ever all-civilian mission into orbit.
The four “amateurs” blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 8:02 pm on Friday.
The entire trip has been paid for by US billionaire businessman Jared Isaacman, who is one of the four-person crew traveling to space.
Who is Jared Isaacman?
Isaacman is one of the world’s most successful businessmen. He dropped out of school aged 16 and started a business in his parents’ basement that eventually became Shift4, a credit card payment company.
The billionaire, who is also a pilot is attempting to raise $300m NZ dollars for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee in the US.
The mission comes after Sir Richard Branson and fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin went into space earlier this year.
A SpaceX craft carrying the crew will go into orbit, circling the Earth for three days.
The crew includes; Hayley Arceneaux, Dr. Sian Proctor, and Chris Sembroski. The four have been training for the last 6 months.
After three days the craft will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and will splash down in the ocean.