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SpaceX safely brought its Crew Dragon spaceship back from orbit on Saturday, with the capsule bringing the four members of the Inspiration4 mission back to Earth after three days in space.
Crew Dragon Resilience capsule plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Elon Musk tweeted his congratulations to the crew shortly after the spray.
The historic private mission – which includes Commander Jared Isaacman, Pilot Sian Proctor, Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux and Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski – orbited the earth at an altitude of up to 590 kilometers, which is above the International Space Station and the furthest traveled by humans is above the surface in years. As a free-flying space flight, the capsule did not dock on the ISS, but circled the earth independently at a speed of 15 orbits per day.
Inspiration4 shared photos from the time the crew was in orbit and gave a glimpse of the sweeping views from the spacecraft’s “dome” window.
This is the third time SpaceX has brought astronauts back from space, and the second time for this capsule – which previously flew the Crew 1 mission for NASA on a trip that returned in May.
Both previous SpaceX astronaut missions crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, making them the first to return in the Atlantic.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft will splash in the Gulf of Mexico on August 2, 2020 with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board.
The mission also brings several other milestones to Elon Musk’s business, including: the first private SpaceX spaceflight, the first completely unprofessional crew to become astronauts, the first black female spaceship pilot, the youngest American astronaut to date, and the first human who flew in space with a prosthesis.
Inspiration4 was paid for by Isaacman for an undisclosed amount with the primary aerospace goal of raising $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur, personally donated $ 100 million, with the Mission raising an additional $ 53.8 million in donations as of Saturday night, according to the Mission’s website.
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