Daniel Saadatmandi / Staff reporter.

On August 24 2006, The International Astronomical Union or IAU, after days of debate, decided to change the definition of planet, which resulted in Pluto now longer being considered a planet. Now 15 years later, SpaceX, has launched the first all civilian flight to orbit, which will be the start of are expansion to the rest of the planets in solar system, including Pluto.

Starting on August 16 2006, many members of IAU gathered to create a concreate definition of a planet, which hadn’t been done before, after days of debate, it was decided to create three definitions that if met, would class a stellar object as a planet,

  • “A planet is a celestial body orbiting around the sun.” –
  • “Has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape.”
  • “Has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit. Despite the controversial reaction due to the creation of these rules excluding Pluto, they are still in place today.”
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It would be a while before humanity would once again be in awe of the stars and the possibilities, but on September 15th 2021, SpaceX launched the first all civilian crew, showing to the world that space will not just be a theoretical place for scientists, but a real place that soon, will have civilian travel.

The crew of the flight consisted of Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, and Chris Sembroski.

After spending three days 575km and spinning around the Earth 45 times, the ship began its reentry course back into orbit, landing near the Florida coast on September 18 2021 at 7:06 pm. Before the mission, the crew had said they wanted to raise $200 million St. Jude Research hospital, with them eventually exceedingly their goal and raising over $300 million.

This extremely successful mission for SpaceX shows that they are here to stay in the Space travel game.

Not only that, but the SpaceX senior director for human spaceflight, Benji Reed, has also shared the company’s ambitions, which are, “Ultimately, we want to make life multiplanetary, and that means putting millions of people in space,” he said. “The long-term vision is that spaceflight becomes airline-like [in that] you buy a ticket and you go.”

Judging from the most recent mission, that is looking like a real possibility.

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IAU definition of a planet Wikipedia

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