SpaceX safely brought its Crew Dragon spaceship back from orbit on Saturday, with the capsule bringing the four members of the Inspiration4 mission back to Earth after three days in space.
Crew Dragon Resilience capsule plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“Thank you SpaceX, it was great fun for us and we’re just getting started!” said Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman from the capsule.
In less than an hour after hosing down, SpaceX loaded the capsule onto its salvage ship and the crew disembarked, each waving and giving thumbs up after disembarking. The crew is then flown from the ship to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, which is just a short flight from the splash point.
Elon Musk tweeted his congratulations to the crew shortly after the spray.
The historic private mission – which includes Isaacman, the pilot Sian Proctor, the medical officer Hayley Arceneaux and the mission specialist Chris Sembroski – orbited the earth at an altitude of up to 590 kilometers, which is above the International Space Station and the farthest above it World has traveled surface in years. As a free-flying space flight, the capsule did not dock on the ISS, but circled the earth independently at a speed of 15 orbits per day.
Inspiration4 shared photos from the time the crew was in orbit and gave a glimpse of the sweeping views from the spacecraft’s “dome” window.
This is the third time SpaceX has brought astronauts back from space, and the second time for this capsule – which previously flew the Crew 1 mission for NASA on a trip that returned in May.
Both previous SpaceX astronaut missions crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, making them the first to return in the Atlantic.
The Inspiration4 crew in the Crew Dragon capsule resilience after the hatch was reopened. From left: Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, Pilot Sian Proctor, Commander Jared Isaacman, and Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux.
The mission also brings with it several other milestones for Musk’s company, including: the first private SpaceX spaceflight, the first completely unprofessional crew to become astronauts, the first black female spaceship pilot, the youngest American astronaut to date, and the first person to who flew into the room with a prosthesis.
Inspiration4 was paid for by Isaacman for an undisclosed amount with the primary aerospace goal of raising $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur, personally donated $ 100 million, with the Mission raising an additional $ 53.8 million in donations as of Saturday night, according to the Mission’s website.
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