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SpaceX rocket launched into orbit with all-civilian crew

A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off from Florida on Wednesday carrying a billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens in the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit.
 
The quartet of amateur astronauts is led by the American founder and chief executive of financial services firm Shift4 Payments Incorporated, Jared Isaacman.
 
It marked the debut flight of SpaceX owner Elon Musk's new orbital tourism business, and a leap ahead of competitors likewise offering rides on rocket ships to customers willing to pay a small fortune for the exhilaration — and bragging rights — of spaceflight.
 
Time magazine has put the ticket price for all four seats at $200 million. 
 


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