With the four-person crew of the SpaceX spaceship "Inspiration4", space souvenirs are also in space.
They should soon be auctioned for a good cause.
Cape Canaveral - With the phenomenon of space tourism, the trend towards space souvenirs is picking up speed - and for the time being for a good cause.
Because the four space tourists, who are the first pure lay crew on the "Inspiration4" flight, are currently circling the earth on a spaceship from the US company SpaceX *, are not only on the mission to make history.
Her goal is also to raise $ 200 million for St. Jude's Hospital Children's Hospital.
To do this, the four lay astronauts have taken some items with them into space that are to be turned into money for a good cause after their return.
A particularly curious load: 66 pounds of hops, from which space beer is to be brewed on earth, which can be auctioned in a few months.
The start of the "Inspiration4" mission was followed live by millions of viewers.
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Wristwatches and music for a good cause: SpaceX creates space souvenirs
The space souvenirs of the crew on the "Inspiration4" mission also include a ukulele that will be played during the journey, wristwatches specially designed for the mission that the crew members wear on the way, and a digitally signed song by the band "Kings of Leon".
In contrast to the official NASA space trips, memorabilia from the SpaceX mission can be sold immediately after the trip without any problems.
NASA astronauts are officially considered officials of the USA * who are not allowed to earn additional earnings during their active time and therefore have to wait for their retirement.
However, this does not prevent space souvenirs from changing hands for gigantic sums in the past.
In 2017, for example, a bag in which Neil Armstrong had transported soil samples from the moon was auctioned by the auction house Sotheby's for more than 1.8 million US dollars.
Netflix documentary accompanies the SpaceX flight of "Inspiration4"
The crew of "Inspiration4" took off into space on Wednesday (15.09.2021) shortly after 8 p.m. local time not far from Cape Canaveral and for the first time consists entirely of lay astronauts. This is possible because everything in the spaceship on which you are traveling is largely automated. The mission has been accompanied for months by a film team from Netflix, which is producing the documentary “Inspiration4: Mission to Space” via the mission: The fifth episode, which is still missing, will be about the actual space flight.
The crew includes billionaire Jared Isaacman, who chartered the flight, and three crew members he selected himself.
After surviving cancer as a child, 29-year-old Hayley Arceneaux is the youngest American woman to fly in orbit.
Chris Sembroski, 42, is a US Air Force veteran and Sian Proctor, 51, is a geoscientist who was nearly selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009.
On the first day, the four in the space capsule had already orbited the earth about 15 times, according to a message on the mission's Twitter channel.
Your return is expected to take place around three days after the launch.
SpaceX mission “Inspiration4”: Crew phoned patients at the children's clinic
According to reports, the four space travelers spent their first day in space with a live link to the little patient at St. Jude's Hospital and answered all sorts of questions about space.
The US company SpaceX of Tesla founder Elon Musk * wrote on Twitter that the four space tourists: inside are "healthy" and "happy".
You would have already completed the first scientific tests and had a few meals.
Musk himself said on Twitter that he had spoken to the crew personally and that "everything was fine".
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