Throughout time there have been many ground-breaking moments that have gone down in history. Space travel is an area that has generously supplied a plethora of significant events, that will never be forgotten. 1969 will forever be etched in our minds as the year in which the first man walked on the moon.

But more recently, a new mission, has been announced which is set to change the face of space travel and earn a place in the history books. Earlier this year it was declared that SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, were planning the first all-civilian space mission.

Named Inspiration4, the mission will be led by technology entrepreneur and trained pilot Jared Isaacman. Not only will Inspiration4 spread the message that space travel is for everyone, by selecting civilian recruits, but will raise huge amounts for the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Isaacman hopes to raise $200 million for the hospital, donating half of the money himself.  He said that his aim is to ‘use this historic moment to inspire humanity whilst helping to tackle childhood cancer here on Earth.’

The crew members of Inspiration4, depict the missions four pillars of Leadership, Hope, Generosity, and Prosperity. With mission leader Isaacman taking the Leadership seat, the seat for Hope was to be allocated to an ambassador of St Jude’s hospital.

 It was decided that the seat would go to 29-year-old Hayley Acreneaux, a former patient and now a physician assistant at the hospital. With Hayley on board the mission will continue to spread its inspiring message of possibility. By awarding Hayley a seat, Inspiration4 is giving someone who never thought they would be able to travel to space, the opportunity to do just that.

After visiting, the NASA headquarters at the age of 10, Hayley dreamed of being an astronaut, but after being diagnosed with bone cancer just months later, she believed that this dream would never come into fruition. Hayley had to undergo surgery which replaced some of her leg bones with prosthetic ones.

With NASA astronauts having to meet rigorous medical requirements, space travel was deemed impossible for her. She told BBC news ‘Until this mission I could have never been an astronaut and that ‘The mission is opening up space travel to people who are not physically perfect.’

Hayley wants to encourage young cancer patients that ‘they can do absolutely anything.’ When the mission takes place, later this year, she will become the youngest American, first bone cancer survivor and first person with a prosthetic body part to go to space. It does not get more inspiring than that.

So how will the other crew members be picked?

The public had a chance to gain the Generosity seat by donating money to St Jude, with one lucky donor being picked for the mission.

To win the Prosperity seat, the mission partnered with Shift4payments, which Isaccman is founder and CEO of. To enter, contestants were asked to use the tools offered by the Shift4Shop platform to create a website for their business. They were then required to post a video to Twitter with the hashtag #Inspiaration4contest, explaining why they should be picked for the mission. With the competition now complete, it will be exciting to see who gets their hands on that Prosperity seat.

Inspiration4 is an extremely special mission. Whilst we can look back in amazement at the moments which have made history, it’s once in a blue moon (excuse the pun) that an event changes the world in a variety of ways.

Whilst the mission is making numerous records in space travel, it is also helping those in need back on Earth. The ways in which Isaacman has included St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the mission, is an inventive way of spreading the charity’s message and fundraising for an amazing cause.

The mission is spreading the inspiring message that anything is a possibility by sending an all-civilian crew to space. This is a message we can take beyond space travel and apply in all walks of life. If Inspiration4 marks the start of a future where missions are focused on charity and where anyone can become an astronaut, then that really is out of this world.