SpaceX Inspiration4 is in orbit: space tourism is reality.
The launch of the Crew Dragon Resilience
SpaceX: the Inspiration4 mission is about to start, the first space flight with civilians only
September 19, 2021 SpaceX's first four space tourists landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida last night after spending three days in space, successfully completing history's first orbital mission with no professional astronauts aboard.
The landing took place on time, shortly after 7pm local time, according to a video broadcast by Elon Musk's company.
Four large parachutes slowed the descent of the capsule, which was destined to be quickly recovered from a SpaceX ship.
Then the hatch of the Dragon capsule could be opened and the passengers were finally able to get out.
They were then flown by helicopter to Kennedy Space Center, from where they took off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday evening.
The stated goal of the mission, called Inspiration 4, was to mark a breakthrough in the democratization of space by demonstrating that the cosmos is accessible even to crews who have not been selected and trained for years.
The four novices - billionaire Jared Isaacman, who chartered the mission, and three other Americans - spent three days in Earth orbit, traveling past the International Space Station (ISS), up to 590 km of altitude.
Circling in orbit at around 28,000 km per hour, they have traveled around the world more than 15 times a day. It is the third time that Elon Musk's company, which has become a giant in the sector in a few years, has managed to bring the crew back to Earth: during the previous missions on behalf of NASA, six astronauts had already experienced a ditching aboard the same. shuttle, in their case after a stay on the ISS.Keywords: