September 17 (WNN) — The crew of the first all-civilian orbital space mission, Inspiration 4, planned to splash down off the coast of Florida on Saturday evening.
SpaceX plans to return to Earth at 7:06 p.m. EDT in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
“We’re looking at the world every 90 minutes. How fast we’re traveling — it’s pretty incredible,” billionaire and mission commander Jared Isaacman said during a live broadcast Friday afternoon.
The crew attempted to show a live view from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Cupola, a large domed window that provides views of Earth and space. But the spacecraft entered the darkness of the night, as they did, causing no good views from the camera.
Pilot Sean Proctor shows off artwork he created during the mission, while mission specialist Chris Sambrowski briefly played a guitar on the livestream.
Mission officials said the crew conducted science experiments, took pictures of Earth and spoke to actor Tom Cruise and childhood cancer patients Thursday and Friday.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule that launched Wednesday night from Florida orbited Earth at an altitude of 357 miles on Friday as the four civilians aboard worked and adjusted to microgravity.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, the beneficiary of the mission, spoke virtually to the crew on Thursday.
“What do you do for fun in space?” Patient Luna asked in Spanish on the livestream.
“We’re doing a lot of fun things like that now. And we’re eating, working out and looking out the window at the world,” said crew medical officer Hayley Arsinaux, from cancer treated at St. Jude The survivors, answered the Spanish.
Other questions addressed topics such as whether cows live on the Moon and whether aliens are found in space.
Mission leaders did not provide details about the conversation with Tom Cruise, saying only that they shared their experiences from the mission. Cruise is expected to film a film in space, although few details are known. Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Tweeted in May 2020 That NASA was working with the actor.
Inspiration4 is led by Isaacman, who donated $100 million to St. Jude to inspire others to give, he has said. He invited Arsinox, Proctor and Sambrowski to join him, partly to show that ordinary people could now travel into space.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft on Wednesday at 8:02 p.m. on the Inspiration 4 mission from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN |
Inspiration 4 is the first mission in history to host four civilians for a three-day trip into space and was built by Jared Isaacman to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN |
Isaacman selected three other civilians for the crew: childhood cancer survivor and physician assistant Haley Arsinaux, 29, who is a mission medical officer; teacher, artist and pilot Dr. Sean Proctor, 51; and engineer Chris Sambrowski, 42. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN.
Arceneaux (L) and Proctor prepare to board the Dragon spacecraft. Photo courtesy of SpaceX |
From left to right, Sambrowski, Proctor, Isaacman and Arkenaux wave as they approach the board. Photo courtesy of SpaceX |
The crew wore white SpaceX suits and arrived at Teslas, a nod to SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Photo courtesy of SpaceX |
Arceneaux, a cancer survivor and now a physician’s assistant at St. Jude in Memphis, Tenn. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN |
Inspiration 4’s commander, Isaacman, exits Hangar X as he prepares to ride for the launch. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN |
A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft sits on top of a Falcon 9 rocket as it prepares to launch the Inspire 4 mission. Photo by Joe Marino/WNN |
The Inspiration 4 crew tries on their flight suits before spaceflight. Photo courtesy of Inspire 4