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Celebs, astronauts and more cheer on SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission after successful launch

Inspiration4 lifted off successfully on Sept. 15, 2021. (Image credit: Inspiration4/John Kraus)

Astronauts, celebrities and regular folks around the globe shared their excitement for SpaceX's successful launch of the private Inspiration4 spaceflight last night (Sept. 15).

At 8:02 p.m. EDT last night (0002 GMT Sept. 16), SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission successfully launched four people from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of the first all-civilian mission to orbit. Back down on our planet, people are thrilled about the successful launch, and they're sharing their excitement on social media. 

Everyone from Michelle Obama to NASA astronauts to longtime Elon Musk rival Jeff Bezos have shared their joy and well wishes for the crew after a successful SpaceX launch.

Live updates: SpaceX's Inspiration4 private all-civilian orbital mission
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Even space agencies and telescopes are getting in on the excitement!

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Chelsea Gohd

Chelsea Gohd joined Space.com as an intern in the summer of 2018 and returned as a Staff Writer in 2019. After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History and even wrote an installation for the museum's permanent Hall of Meteorites. Chelsea has written for publications including Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine, Live Science, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth. When not writing, reading or following the latest space and science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music and performing as her alter ego Foxanne (@foxannemusic). You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd.