If you’re traveling into space with three buddies, there’s no way you can pass up the opportunity to take a selfie, but the crew of Inspiration4 that made their first fully civilian orbital flight last week apparently had a lot of fun during their three-day mission, conducting experiments They also took an occasional selfie as a souvenir from a historical trip, Digitartlends reported.
The image was taken with Earth presenting a dramatic background, through the spacecraft’s all-glass dome. It is the first Crew Dragon to incorporate such a feature, and it will be the main selling point for future private flights if SpaceX decides to launch a sophisticated space tourism service.
The all-civilian mission Inspiration4 was the brainchild of Shift4 Payments entrepreneur and CEO Jared Isaacman. After watching SpaceX launch its first crewed flight by two professionally trained NASA astronauts in the summer of 2020, Isaacman called SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Possibly the first all-civilian flight, Musk was told he would use the mission to launch a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a treatment and research facility in Memphis, Tennessee.
“If you are going to achieve all these great things in space, all this progress, then you have an obligation to do some great good here on Earth,” Isaacman said.
The pair agreed to a deal for an undisclosed amount, and Isaacs went on to select three more US citizens to join him on the orbital flight. The four amateur astronauts then began six months of intense training, culminating in a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Wednesday, September 15.
After three days in orbit 357 miles (575 kilometers) from Earth, the crew returned to Earth.
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