Elon Musk, president and founder of SpaceX, pledged $ 50 million for the charity campaign for Inspiration4, the first space mission made up of civilians, a donation that exceeds the goal of 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Count me in for $ 50 million,” Musk wrote on his Twitter account late Saturday night, shortly after the Dragon capsule successfully splashed in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida (USA), with all four crew members on board and after a three-day mission in orbital space.
The message deserved the thanks of the mission commander, Jared Isaacman, who had already started the campaign with a donation of 100 million dollars and at almost midnight on Saturday confirmed on the social network that the contribution of Musk, also owner of the electric car firm Tesla, allows them to exceed the goal of 200 million dollars.
According to US media this Sunday, to Isaacman’s 100 million, who also paid for Inspiration4 expenses, there are about 60.2 million dollars raised during the campaign and now the 50 million donated by Musk, with which the This initiative has collected more than 210 million for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis (Tennessee, USA).
‘This brings tears to my eyes. Thank you Elon Musk for this generous donation toward our fundraising goal of $ 200 million for St. Jude !!! ‘ in going to space.
Arceneaux is also the first person to arrive in space with a prosthesis, since due to bone cancer he suffered when he was 10 years old they had to replace part of one of his femurs.
Inspiration4 concluded its historic mission on Saturday night after reaching the waters of the Atlantic at around 7:07 p.m. (23:07 GMT), one minute later than planned, with Isaacman, Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, the first race pilot. black in space, and mission specialist Chris Sembroski on board.
The four circled the planet every 90 minutes, at 23 times the speed of sound, as Musk pointed out, and at a height that reached almost 590 kilometers, greater than that of the International Space Station (ISS) and that of the space telescope. Hubble.
‘The most incredible experience of my life. I can’t wait to share more with all of you, ‘Arceneaux wrote early today on his Twitter account.
During their three days in space, the crew members spoke with patients at St. Jude Hospital, which cares especially for children with cancer, as well as with actor Tom Cruise and singer Bono, of the rock group U2.
‘Talking to Bono from space! U2 has been my favorite band since Joshua Tree’s tour in the ’80s,’ said Proctor, who recalled that ‘Beautiful Day’ was for her and Arceneaux the song with which they headed to the launch pad on Wednesday. at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral (Florida).
Fundraising for the hospital will continue in the coming days with the auction of some objects that the crew took to space, among them the ukalele that Sembroski played.
“Two missions accomplished in one night,” St. Jude Hospital wrote on its Twitter account in response to Musk’s 50 million pledge.
“Thank you for thinking beyond our planet and making things better for all of us here now and in the future,” the institution added in a message addressed to Isaacman, Musk, SpaceX and all those linked to the mission.