SpaceX capsule with world's first all-civilian crew splashes down in Atlantic
The first ever civilian-only space flight to orbit earth on board the Space-X mission have splashed down successfully in the Atlantic ocean.
He had paid an undisclosed but reportedly enormous sum — put by Time magazine at roughly $200 million to fellow billionaire Musk for all four seats aboard the Crew Dragon.Mr Isaacman was joined by three less affluent crewmates he had selected — geoscientist and former NASA astronaut candidate Sian Proctor, 51, physician's assistant and childhood bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 29, and aerospace data engineer and Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski, 42.
Mr Isaacman conceived of the flight primarily to raise awareness and donations for one of his favourite causes, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a leading paediatric cancer centre in Memphis, Tennessee, where Ms Arceneaux was a patient and now works.
The Inspiration4 crew had no part to play in flying the spacecraft, which was operated by ground-based flight teams and onboard guidance systems, even though Mr Isaacman and Ms Proctor are both licensed pilots.The SpaceX Crew Dragon is pictured about 20 meters away from the International Space Station’s Harmony module. headtopics.com
(NASA via AP)SpaceX already ranked as the most well-established player in the burgeoning constellation of commercial rocket ventures, having launched numerous cargo payloads and astronauts to the space station for NASA.Two rival operators, Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc and Blue Origin, inaugurated their own astro-tourism services in recent months, with their respective founding executives, billionaires Richard Branson and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, each going along for the ride.
Those suborbital flights, lasting a matter of minutes, were short hops compared with Inspiration4's three days in orbit. Read more: ABC News »
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Hi ABC, some points you missed; - No mention of the $200,000,000 raised for StJude - No mention of the science done during the flight - No mention that SpaceX provides 75% of orbital missions - No mention that the rocket & capsule have both flown before Please improve.
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