A 38-year-old American billionaire businessman identified as Jared Isaacman has sent himself and three others to orbit
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- The businessman was launched to orbit with Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux, and Chris Sembroski, on Wednesday, September 15
- They had six months of intensive training before the launch and will be spending the next three days circling the Earth
Four amateur astronauts have blasted off from Florida on a private mission to orbit on Wednesday, September 15.
The crew called Inspiration4 comprised of an American billionaire businessman identified as Jared Issacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski, BBC reports.
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After their six months intensive training, they rode out of the Kennedy Space Center in a Dragon capsule made available by the SpaceX rocket company.
Circling the Earth
The four-member crew will be spending the next three days circling the Earth.
Reuters reports that Isaacman paid an undisclosed sum of money to founder of SpaceX Elon Musk to send himself and his three crewmates aloft. Quoting Time magazine, Reuters stated that Isaacman paid $200 million (N82,358,000,000) for the four seats.
Onboard computer systems will be in control of their Dragon capsule which is overseen by SpaceX teams on the ground.
Social media reacts
Many social media users soon flooded the comment section of BBC's post on Instagram to share their thoughts on the development.
"1% are getting away with destroying the environment meanwhile, peasants must pay everything to protect the planet."
"Literally there is no point in this, just causing more climate change problems for the sake of having fun. Pathetic."
""Amateur and rich" i am assuming."
"What a frivolous waste of resources when the planet is in its worst crisis."
"How many veterans could have been housed and fed with that waste of money. SMFH Nothing to celebrate."
Jeff Bezos lands in space
Posting the video on his wall, Bezos said that this is how it started. Sharing a fuller clip of his journey, Sky News reported that the richest man returned from space after experiencing the place for minutes.
Going to space has always been Bezos' childhood dream, something he achieved 52 years later.