ORLANDO, Florida – The Inspiration4 crew, four civilians who made a historic launch Wednesday night from the space coast of Florida, are “healthy, happy and resting comfortably” after circling the earth five times plus early in the day, SpaceX tweeted on Thursday.
The launch took place at 8:02 p.m. on Wednesday as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent the crew into orbit aboard a Crew Dragon space capsule.
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The crew consisted of two competition winners, a healthcare worker and their wealthy sponsor, who made the ambitious leap into space tourism possible.
“The @ Inspiration4x the crew are healthy, happy and resting comfortably. Before the crew went to bed, they circled the earth 5.5 times, completed their first round of scientific research and had a few meals, ”SpaceX tweeted.
The @ Inspiration4x the crew are healthy, happy and resting comfortably. Before the crew went to bed, they circled the earth 5.5 times, completed their first round of scientific research, and had a few meals.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 16, 2021
At the helm of the theft is Jared Isaacman, 38, who made his fortune with a payment processing business he started as a teenager.
To Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a childhood cancer survivor who works as a medical assistant where she was treated – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Isaacman has pledged $ 100 million out of his own pocket to the hospital and is seeking an additional $ 100 million in donations.
Also in the game: contest winners Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer in Everett, Wash., And Sian Proctor, 51, a community college teacher in Tempe, Arizona.
The historic launch created stunning vistas for people from across central Florida as the rocket shot across the sky, leaving the glowing vapor of its thrusters in its wake.
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The crew will spend three days circling the world from an unusually high orbit – 160 kilometers higher than the International Space Station – before landing off the coast of Florida this weekend, tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday. .
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