SpaceX rocket which soared into orbit with four civilian crew members on September 15 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida returned back and the mission has become a success.
All the four civilians who participated in the mission returned back safely marking the end of the first-ever flight to Earth’s orbit. It was found to be a history that the capsule went to orbit with no professional astronauts on board. After orbiting the planet for three days, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft ‘Resilience’ splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida at approximately 7:07 pm EDT. The tourists were 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman who self-funded the mission, a childhood cancer survivor- Hayley Arceneux, a geologist and community college teacher with a Ph.D.-Sian Proctor, and a 42-year-old Lockheed Martin employee and lifelong space fan-Chris Sembroski.
According to a video feed by the company, a capsule splashed into the Atlantic Ocean slowly with four large parachutes and after landing, billionaire Jared Isaacman could be heard saying “Thanks so much, SpaceX, it was a heck of a ride for us,” over the company’s Livestream.
The four-member team traveled to an altitude of 357 miles above the surface of the Earth, which is much further and deeper into space than the International Space Station. The team was watching movies and occasionally heard responding to SpaceX’s mission control inside the spacecraft. After traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour, the spacecraft used Earth’s own thick blanket of air to slow itself down, with the outside of the craft reaching temperatures up to 3,500º Fahrenheit in the process.
After the landing, the team was seen smiling and waving to the Livestream cameras and responded about their first-ever civilian SpaceX experience. The goal of the mission named Inspiration4 is to bring the civilization closer to the much-speculated future of space tourism. It was the billionaire Jared Isaacman who sponsored the trip, and the exact price that the 38-year-old founder of Shift4 Payments and seasoned pilot shelled out for the mission has not been revealed.