Space Tourism mission launched by SpaceX


On Friday, Elon Musk-led SpaceX launched its first space tourism mission. And the four-person crew included paying customers. Along with a retired NASA astronaut three rich businessmen are headed toward the International Space Station (ISS). 

The crew cabin is a Dragon Endeavor spacecraft mounted on a Falcon 9 rocket. It was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located in Cape Canaveral in Florida. This was the fifth time the Falcon 9 was used to power a flight.

After the launch, the Falcon 9 booster separated from the Dragon and landed on target on a drone ship waiting in the Atlantic.

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 This is the first time the US has sent an all-private charter to the permanently orbiting space station. Onboard are an American, a Canadian, and an Israeli who all run their own successful companies.

Each ticket costs $55 million apiece for a seat on a SpaceX rocket. And the non-refundable tickets include all meals and other accommodations for a 10-day trip in space.