After spending three About 360 miles above the ground, all the civilian crew of SpaceX Inspiration 4 have returned to Earth. Their crew dragon capsule descended at a slow speed of 15 miles per hour as it descended under four parachutes and crashed off the Atlantic coast of Florida at 7:07 p.m., where they launched Wednesday evening.
“Welcome to Earth. Your mission has shown the world that space can make a tremendous impact on all of us and the people around us every day,” came the voice of Andy Tran, a talented engineer at SpaceX who controlled one of the company’s livestreams from the mission in Hawthorne, California.
Commander Jared Isaacman’s voice replies, “Thank you so much SpaceX, it was a journey for us.” “We’re just getting started!”
“Copy is starting,” Tran returned.
The location of their landing depended on the weather and ocean conditions, which helped in their planning: the sky was clear from the storm and the water was not sticky. Coordinating with the SpaceX Coast Guard to ensure safety in the area and to discourage boat passengers from entering the splashdown zone, as they did last year when two American astronauts crashed into a SpaceX capsule in the Gulf of Mexico.
SpaceX crews quickly approached the Inspiration4 capsule in the small boat to bring the astronauts out to dry land. The recovery process is expected to take about an hour. From there, the crew will do some medical assessment, go to a private party, and then eventually they will return home.
“We’ve seen the beginnings of this private space tourism industry, outside of the suburban staff, this summer. It’s not like five minutes, a moment of microgravity, and it’s over. Jordan Beam, a space historian at the University of Chicago, said there is a lot more to what people understand as space tourism.
Dragon’s manifesto includes payment customer Isaacman, the billionaire CEO of payment processing company Shift4 Payment, and three people whose tickets he has sponsored: Sean Proctor, a geologist and artist; Chris Sembrowski, an aeronautical engineer; And Hailey Arsenaux, a medical assistant. Proctor is the fourth African-American woman to go into space, and Arsenoux made history as the first astronaut to take part in an artificial body. She is a survivor of bone cancer and was once a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee nonprofit, for which the Inspiration 4 aims to raise at least 200 200 million, a goal they have already reached.
Although the dragon flies spontaneously, both Proctor and Isaacman, who are not professional astronauts, still have training that will allow them to operate the capsule they need. The crew was busy orbiting the earth 15 times a day: Isaacman explored the spacecraft’s systems and communicated with mission control. Arceneaux conducts medical research on the health effects of space radiation and extremely low levels of gravity, which can affect vision. In collaboration with researchers on the ground at Boiler College and Cornell University, crew members collected biological samples and biomedical data from each other during the flight, observing their heart rate, blood oxygen saturation and sleep, among other things. Arsenox uses the ultrasound scanner in its hands to use the eyes and other organs of its crew using Butterfly IQ +, an artificial intelligence-enabled device that is also being tested on the International Space Station.
Proctor brought pens, ink, markers and watercolor paints to the board, although he wasn’t sure how well they would work in a near-zero-gravity environment. On the second day of the flight, he turned his attention to his metal markers to create artwork. “A presentation of my Dragon Capsule is carrying a dragon from Earth,” Proctor said while holding his drawing during a live on-orbit update on Friday.