The first orbital flight entirely manned by space tourists, SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 mission, landed successfully this Saturday night off the coast of the state of Florida, in the United States.
It is the first flight to orbit the Earth made entirely by tourists or people who are not astronauts.
A SpaceX recovery team reached the point where the spacecraft was located, transferred it to a hangar and opened the hatches to help the crew to lower one by one, who saluted excitedly after their crossing.
After orbiting Earth for three days every 90 minutes along a custom 575 km flight path, the four rookies reentered the planet’s atmosphere aboard SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule.
According to the CNN site, the Inspiration4 crew spent the past three days flying freely aboard their 3.9-meter-wide capsule at an altitude of approximately 563 kilometers, 160 kilometers higher than the location of the ISS space station. and more than any human has flown in decades.
Although they are not the first tourists to travel to orbit, the Inspiration4 mission is particular because it did not involve a stay on the International Space Station (ISS) under the mentorship of professional astronauts, as previous missions have done. with space tourists.
Inspiration4’s civilian crew includes 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman, who personally financed and organized the trip with SpaceX and Musk; Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a childhood cancer survivor and physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Sian Procotor, 51, geologist and community college teacher with a doctorate; and Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old Lockheed Martin employee and lifelong space fanatic who claimed his seat through an online giveaway.
In their last hours in space, space crews spoke with actor Tom Cruise, the Russian agency RT reported.
In addition, they shared several fascinating images of planet Earth, as can be seen from the observation dome built into the spacecraft.
The travelers also conducted experiments related to human health and performance during their journey.
As the mission did not have professional astronauts, all processes were automated and controlled by SpaceX technicians from a command center on Earth.