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SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission returns to Earth


SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission lands marking the end of the first flight to Earth orbit conducted entirely by tourists

Credit: SpaceX

(CNN Spanish) -

SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission - the first orbital flight entirely manned by tourists - successfully landed off the coast of Florida on Saturday night.

The return of Inspiration4 marks the end of the first flight to Earth orbit made entirely by tourists or non-astronauts.

After spending three days orbiting Earth every 90 minutes along a custom 575 km flight path, the four rookies reentered Earth's atmosphere aboard SpaceX's Dragon Capsule.

  • Inspiration4: SpaceX takes four civilians into space on a three-day trip

Upon returning from orbit, the Crew Dragon's external temperatures can reach up to 1,926 degrees Celsius, and astronauts will experience 4.5 Gs of force pushing them into their seats, all as the thickening atmosphere crashes into the capsule.

During the Netflix documentary on the Inspiration4 mission, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk described a capsule going through reentry as "like a flaming meteor entering".


"That's why it's hard not to vaporize," he added.

The Inspiration4 crew spent the past three days flying freely aboard their 3.9-meter-wide capsule at an altitude of approximately 563 kilometers, 160 kilometers higher than where the ISS is, and more than any human has ever seen. flown in decades.

During the three-day journey, the Dragon capsule circled Earth about 50 times.

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Although they are not the first tourists to travel to orbit, the Inspiration4 mission is notable because it did not involve a stay on the International Space Station (ISS) under the mentorship of professional astronauts, as missions have done. previous with space tourists.

Inspiration4's civilian crew includes 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman, who personally financed and organized the trip with SpaceX and Musk;

Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a childhood cancer survivor and physician assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital;

Sian Procotor, 51, geologist and community college teacher with a doctorate;

and Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old Lockheed Martin employee and lifelong space fanatic who claimed his seat through an online giveaway.

Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux and Christopher Sembroski and Dr. Sian Proctor.

Credit: Inspiration4 / SpaceX

CNN's Jackie Wattles and Aaron Cooper contributed to this report.


Source: cnnespanol

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