SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip
September 16, 2021
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX's first private flight streaked into orbit Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism.
It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an all-amateur crew and no professional astronauts.
"Punch it, SpaceX!" the flight's billionaire leader, Jared Isaacman, urged moments before liftoff.