It takes more to fly a dragon than just reading the instructions

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It takes more to fly a dragon than just reading the instructions

After five months of training, the first all-civilian SpaceX crew left the planet this week

Julio-Cesar Chavez and Steve Gorman

A billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens chosen to join him blasted off from Florida on Wednesday aboard a SpaceX rocket ship and soared into orbit, the first all-civilian crew ever to circle the Earth from space.

The quartet of amateur astronauts, led by the American founder and CEO of financial services firm Shift4 Payments Jared Isaacman, lifted off just before sunset from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral.

A SpaceX webcast of the launch showed Isaacman, 38, and his crew mates - Sian Proctor, 51, Hayley Arceneaux, 29, and Chris Sembroski, 42 - strapped into the pressurised cabin of their gleaming white SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, wearing their helmeted black-and-white flight suits...

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