SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission: Civilian Astronauts Have ‘Amazing’ First Day in Space as New Crew Photos Released | Scientific and technological news
The four amateur astronauts who make up the first fully civilian crew to orbit the Earth have had an “incredible” first day in space.
The Dragon capsule containing the group was launched atop a EspaceX The Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday night.
As part of the Inspiration4 mission, the crew must spend approximately three days in space, orbiting the planet every 90 minutes at a speed of over 17,000 mph and an altitude of 360 miles – higher than the International Space Station and the Hubble Telescope.
The mission posted a crew member update on Twitter.
“The # Inspiration4 crew had an amazing first day in space! They’ve made over 15 orbits around planet Earth since take-off and made full use of the Dragon Dome,” they said.
The cupola is a transparent dome that will offer astronauts a breathtaking view of space and Earth.
The four people on board the Dragon capsule are Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Dr Sian Proctor.
During their journey, they will perform a series of scientific experiments before returning home.
Mr. Isaacman is the man behind the mission and has paid an undisclosed sum to get the project started.
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An experienced pilot, he wanted the trip to raise awareness of St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
The others are a healthcare worker and two competition winners.