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Making a Splash

September 23, 2021

After three days of orbiting the planet, the Inspiration4 crew returned to Earth in the SpaceX Dragon capsule. On September 18, the crew splashed down in the At…



September 16, 2021

The Inspiration4 mission has officially begun. On Thursday, September 15, at just after 8:00 p.m. ET, four civilian astronauts blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. This is the first time an all-civilian crew has gone into orbit. The…


Inside the Crew Dragon

September 10, 2021

How do you fly a SpaceX Crew Dragon? Climb aboard, strap yourself in, close the hatch, and fly into space. The Dragon takes care of everything, so relax and enjoy the ride. Unless something goes wrong. And in space, something…



The Kid Report: Inside the Crew Dragon

September 10, 2021

The story “Inside the Crew Dragon”—about the Inspiration4 mission—appears in this week’s issue of TIME for Kids. Neela Sembroski, 9, is the daughter of Inspiration4 astronaut Chris Sembroski. Below, she shares her perspective with TFK readers. Let me start at…


TFK Explains: Inspiration4

September 10, 2021

This month, four civilian astronauts are scheduled to launch into orbit aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Their mission is called Inspiration4. Here’s what you need to know about this historic moment in space travel. Where is the crew going?…

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Take a Spin

September 9, 2021

Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman rides the multi-axis trainer at Space Camp, in Huntsville, Alabama, in July. The machine gives people a feel for what it’s…

Meet the Crew

September 9, 2021

Three people will work alongside Jared Isaacman on the Inspiration4 mission. Find out below how they were chosen to make the journey and what they hope to achieve. Sian Proctor Sian Proctor, 51, is a geosciences professor at South Mountain…


A Look at the Dragon

September 8, 2021

The SpaceX Crew Dragon is nearly 27 feet tall. A powerful rocket lifts it into space. Dragon made its first crewed flight in 2020. It will carry Inspiration4 astronauts to space this month. Read on to learn about the parts…


Gorgeous Galaxy

September 2, 2021

Photographer Nicolas Economou captured this shot of the Milky Way galaxy on August 16, near Nikiti, Greece. The Milky Way includes our solar system. Because of the pandemic, Greece has not been overcrowded with tourists. Fewer people can mean less…


Space Flight

April 22, 2021

On April 19, NASA’s helicopter Ingenuity (shown in flight in a series of images) took off on Mars. This was the first powered flight by an aircraft on a planet other than Earth. The four-pound helicopter spent 39 seconds in…