SpaceX CEO Elon Musk poses with the crew before the launch on September 15, 2021.
John Kraus / Inspiration4
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk helped meet the donation goal for the Inspiration4 spaceflight at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital just hours after his company brought the crew back from orbit.
The main goal of the Inspiration4 mission, which started on Wednesday and descended on Saturday, was to raise $ 200 million for St. Jude.
Inspiration4 Commander Jared Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur who bought the flight from SpaceX, personally donated $ 100 million to St. Jude. The Inspiration4 mission raised an additional $ 60.2 million in donations before Musk pledged to contribute $ 50 million of his own – bringing the campaign total to more than $ 210 million.
“Count me in for $ 50 million,” Musk said in a tweet on Saturday.
The historic Inspiration4 mission with a private crew spent three days in space and carried Isaacman, pilot Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux and mission specialist Chris Sembroski. The crew orbited the earth at an altitude of up to 590 kilometers, which is above the International Space Station and which has traveled the furthest above the surface in years.
The space flight reached several milestones, including: the first private SpaceX space flight, the first fully non-professional crew to become astronauts, the first black female spacecraft pilot, the youngest American astronaut to date, and the first person to fly in space with a prosthesis.
The Inspiration4 passengers pose in the crew access arm of Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. From left: Commander Jared Isaacman, Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, Pilot Sian Proctor and Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski.
Become a smarter investor with CNBC Pro.
Get stock picks, analyst calls, exclusive interviews and access to CNBC TV.
Sign in to start one Try it for free today.