SpaceX’s first four space tourists have returned to Earth. Jared Isaacman, Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor and Hayley Arceneau landed last night in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida after spending three days in space, successfully completing history’s first orbital mission without professional astronauts on board. The ditching took place on time, shortly after 19 local time, according to a video broadcast on Twitter from the company of Elon Musk. Four large parachutes slowed the capsule’s descent.
The Inspiration mission4
Once recovered, the hatch of the Dragon capsule could be opened and the passengers were finally able to get out. The 4 had taken off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday evening. The stated goal of the mission, called Inspiration4, was to mark a breakthrough in the democratization of Space, demonstrating that the cosmos is accessible even to crews who have not been selected and trained for years.
Around the world more than 15 times a day
The four novices – billionaire 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, brings man 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.