SpaceX capsule splashes down off the coast of Florida, marking the end of the first all-tourist mission to Earth's orbit
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"Thanks so much SpaceX, it was a heck of a ride for us," billionaire and mission commander Jared Isaacman could be heard saying over the company's livestream.The tourists were shown watching movies and occasionally heard responding to SpaceX's mission control inside their fully autonomous spacecraft before it began the nail-biting process of re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. After traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour, the spacecraft used Earth's own thick blanket of air to slow itself down, with the outside of the craft reaching temperatures up to 3,500º Fahrenheit in the process. The Crew Dragon capsule, which is designed not to allow temperatures to go past 85º in the cabin, used its heat shield to protect the crew against the intense heat and buildup of plasma as it plunged back toward the ocean. During a Netflix documentary about the Inspiration4 mission, Musk described a capsule going through reentry as"like a blazing meteor coming in.""And so it's hard not to get vaporized," he added.Read MoreThe spacecraft then deployed two sets of parachutes in quick succession, slowing its descent further, before the capsule splashed down off the coast of Florida. Recovery ships were waiting nearby to haul the capsule out of the water.Despite the risks, a former NASA chief and career safety officials have said the Crew Dragon is likely the safest crewed vehicle ever flown. And the vehicle had already completed two successful trips to space with professional astronauts on board before this group of space tourists took their multi-day joyride.The passengers included the 38-year-old Isaacman, who personally financed and arranged the trip with SpaceX and its CEO, Elon Musk; Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a childhood cancer survivor and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital physician assistant; Sian Procotor, 51, a geologist and community college teacher with a PhD; and Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old Lockheed Martin employee and lifelong space fan who claimed his seat through an online raffle. Isaacman has billed the mission as a St. Jude fundraiser, and it has so far has netted $154 million of its $200 million goal.How to practice religion could be a big question for some space touristsThough they're not the first tourists to travel to orbit, their mission, called Inspiration4, was notable because it did not involve a stay at the International Space Station under the tutelage of professional astronauts, as previous missions involving space tourists have. Rather, the four spaceflight novices have spent the past three days free-flying aboard their 13-foot-wide capsule on their own at about a 350 mile altitude — 100 miles higher than where the ISS is, and higher than any human has flown in decades. SpaceX launches first all-tourist crew into orbitDuring their stay in space, the civilians on board said they'd conduct a bit of scientific research focused on how their bodies respond to being in space, take time to chat with their families, gaze out a large dome-shaped window called the"cupola," and listen to music. During a livestream shared with the public on Friday, Proctor also showed off some artwork she did during her stay with metallic markers and Sembroski strummed a ukelele that will be auctioned off as part of the St. Jude fundraiser. The Inspiration4 Twitter account also shared footage of Arceneaux speaking to her St. Jude patients, and Isaacman rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange via satellite feed on Friday afternoon.Other than that, few updates were shared with the public while the crew was in orbit. The first live audio or visuals from inside the crew capsule were shared Friday afternoon, nearly two days after they launched.How SpaceX and NASA overcame a bitter culture clash to bring back US astronaut launchesDuring previous SpaceX Crew Dragon missions — all of which have been flown for NASA and carried professional astronauts to the International Space Station -— the public has had more insight. The space agency and its dozens of communications personnel have worked alongside SpaceX to share practically every moment of the journey from launch until the astronauts dock with the International Space Station.But this mission left the public largely in the dark when it came to questions about the crew's schedule and how they were feeling while in orbit. Even though development of the Crew Dragon spacecraft was largely funded by taxpayers and SpaceX rents NASA facilities to support all its missions, Inspiration4 is considered a private, commercial mission. That means SpaceX's customers only have to be as transparent as they want to be.The crew of #Inspiration4 had an incredible first day in space! They've completed more than 15 orbits around planet Earth since liftoff and made full use of the Dragon cupola. pic.twitter.com/StK4BTWSA6
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fake Can't be excited when the majority lives in or near poverty level & a non tax paying rich man doesn't even see how ugly it is to give a survivor a ride to outer space instead of donate to the hospital that saved him in his name. Why is that? They ignore it to avoid guilt. Dear cnn, If you see this your brim now. From Antoine lance blount jr
Please help me! My name is Lin donglong, an employee of China telecom fuzhou branch. Company manager huang fei (communist party of China) organized the leadership of the gang of evil forces brutal persecution: surveillance location, insult,abuse, framed to take nude photos of me How are Branson and Bezos going to top this?
GretaThunberg saving the planet on tourist at a time. I bet it was carbon neutral 🤔😑 The have's and have not's. How the world is so divided. Not cool, do you know how long it took Blue Origin to make this chart, only to destroy their record in a mere one month? What a big waste of money😢 Good step for all man kind.
Walmart introduces self-driving delivery cars in select cities - CNN VideoWalmart is testing a driverless car, in partnership with Ford and Argo AI, that delivers your order straight to your door. HLN's Elizabeth Prann reports. I’m ready to replace elected officials with independent ai’s. I think we would have a better chance but if they turn on us we can all fight them together to save humanity and be one again THE RICHEST FAMILY IN AMERICA IS TOO CHEAP TO PAY HUMAN DRIVERS TO DELIVER THEIR GROCERIES. I fixed your headline for you guys. You're welcome. I'm just here to tell the truth. No thanks needed, really.
Punching more holes in the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Totally irresponsible. 'All-tourist' is stunningly condescending. You suck, CNN. Mo Slow Death in Hell on Earth Hi jobless boy: University certificate has become aDeath certificate for young peoplewithout job(noJob means,noCar noHouse noWife noFamily thatMeans death in aLife ChinaSteal yourJob throughBiden Doyou want ajob stop Biden now I_WILL_Vote_For_Trump
So amazing!! Beautiful concrete new interstate highways in India getting build with wide space in between 🎆 . And this highways will turn in to 6/6 12 lanes from 50 miles from the citys🎆 is the mission Well THERE'S somewhere between $62 million and $30 million well spent. 🙄 Let the great capitalism exploitation begin.
SpaceX capsule to return from orbit, capping off first tourism missionFour people are set to return from a three-day extraterrestrial excursion aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule this evening The photo for the article really does them dirty. Good job. 🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱 good
SpaceX Inspiration4 Crew Wraps Up First Day in SpaceSpaceX's Inspiration4 crew, the first all-civilian mission to orbit the Earth, has traveled nearly six times around the planet 🚀 I wonder how it'll smell after 3 days Why, can't they find a good bagel?
Four SpaceX space tourists set to return to Earth Saturday nightThe four private space tourists aboard a SpaceX capsule are due to return to Earth on Saturday night, touching down off the coast of Florida after three days of orbiting the planet. Didn't 5 go up? Did they do there's
Civilian SpaceX Crew Returns to Earth After Orbiting for 3 DaysThe Inspiration4 is coming back to Earth after a 3-day orbit. Well, Elon Musk ftw in the Billionaire Space Race...Bezos & Branson not even close in magnitude... go back, take elonmusk with you
First on CNN: White House economists say a clean energy transition will lower consumer costsWhite House economists argue that President Biden's climate agenda will not only cut carbon emissions but also bring down costs for consumers Those would be the ones that took gender and leisure studies that know nothing about economics. This as the price of energy goes through the roof. Provide names, credentials and proof of their theory. Otherwise you are just spewing propaganda crap Are these the same Whitehouse economists, who look at the runaway inflation, and think everything is OK?