Exclusive Q&A: Introducing Inspiration4 civilian astronaut Sian Procter

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The accomplished geoscientist, educator, and artist is fulfilling a lifelong dream she shared with her late father as she prepares to join the first all-civilian crew heading into space. If you watched the Super Bowl this year, you may have seen an intriguing ad for SpaceX’s Inspiration4, planned to be the first-ever all-civilian space flight, which began soliciting applications for would-be space explorers during the big game. The flight will put four nonastronauts into low earth orbit on a multiday journey using SpaceX’s Dragon, the reusable spacecraft that has ferried crews to and from the International Space Station. The Inspiration4 program was founded in partnership with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to raise awareness and money for the children’s cancer research organization and includes four seats that represent Leadership, Hope, Prosperity, and Generosity. After a social media contest and rigorous evaluation process (for which Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta served as a judge), Inspiration4 announced today that Sian Procter, PhD, will occupy the Prosperity chair. Read Full Story

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