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SpaceX: "happy" and "healthy" American space tourists

2021-09-17T04:36:30.091Z

The Inspiration4 mission aims in particular to study the effects of space on this crew made up entirely of amateur astronauts.



The four US space tourists are "

healthy, happy and resting quietly

" on the SpaceX spacecraft, the company said in the first stopover since taking off the night before for the historic space cruise on Thursday. .

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The crew "

circled the Earth 5.5 times, carried out the first series of scientific research and had a few meals

" before going to bed, the company founded by Elon Musk said on Twitter. The latter indicated on his Twitter account that he had spoken with the crew and that "

everything is fine

".

They will now join the cupola of the Dragon capsule, a huge glass dome installed to offer passengers a 360-degree view of the vacuum of space and which replaces the system normally intended to dock with the ISS.

Billionaire Jared Isaacman, medical assistant Hayley Arceneaux, aeronautical engineer Chris Sembroski and science teacher Sian Proctor orbit 590 kilometers above sea level.

All are space novices.

Proving that space travel is accessible to as many people as possible

The mission called Inspiration4, which spins farther than the International Space Station (about 400 km above sea level) is the first to go so far in space since a mission to repair the Hubble Telescope in 2009. It aims to lift $ 200 million for St Jude Children's Hospital and to study the effects of space on this all-amateur astronaut crew.

The ultimate goal, however, is to prove that space travel is accessible to the greatest number - even if it remains for the moment reserved for the richest - whereas the United States and private companies like SpaceX have made the space tourism bet.

The SpaceX mission concludes a summer marked by the flight of billionaires over the last frontier: first Richard Branson on July 11, aboard the Virgin Galactic spacecraft, then a few days later Jeff Bezos, with his company Blue Origin.

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But those first two flights only offered a few minutes of weightlessness to their crew, compared to three full days for SpaceX tourists who are due to land on Saturday off the west coast of Florida.

Source: lefigaro

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