FLORIDA: The four astronauts of Inspiration4 for mission successfully splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after a three-day orbital trip. It was the first civilian crew to spend time in earth’s orbit.
The crew left on SpaceX Dragon Capsule on Wednesday from Florida and landed back on Florida’s coast after 23:00 GMT Saturday. The capsule descent was slowed down by four parachutes after which SpaceX boats retrieved it.
Each day the crew circled the earth 15 times. Scientists collected data on their blood oxygen level, sleeping pattern, cognitive abilities, and other vitals to study the effect of space travel on amateurs. The trip is a fundraiser for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Tennesse. It’s the same hospital where crew member Hayley Acreneaux got treated as a child.
The crew members will auction items they took with them to the Space. It is the third time when Space X has taken humans to Space and brought them back safely marking another milestone in the Space tourism market.
Jim Isaacman paid an undisclosed amount of $200 to Elon Musk for booking all four seats, he also acted as commander of the mission. He was joined by three strangers he had selected – geoscientist and former Nasa astronaut candidate Sian Proctor, 51; physician’s assistant and childhood bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 29; and aerospace data engineer and Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski, 42.
“That was a heck of a ride for us,” Mr. Isaacman radioed shortly after landing. “We’re just getting started.”
The same tourism race has become more and more intense with more billionaires businessmen like Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos entering the market.