Four amateur astronauts from the Inspiration 4 space mission are spending their first day in Earth orbit, AFP reported Friday, citing the SpaceX company responsible for the flight.
SpaceX said on Twitter: “The members of the Inspiration 4 mission are healthy, satisfied and already resting comfortably. Before going to bed, they circled the Earth five and a half times, completed their first round of research and ate a few meals.” Thursday evening.
The company’s founder, billionaire Elon Musk, announced in his profile that he called the crew after the first day of the mission. “All is well,” Musk tweeted on his profile.
During their first day in space, the members of the Inspiration 4 spoke by phone to the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. One goal of this mission is to raise $200 million for the patients of this medical facility.
There are four amateur astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Chief of the mission is billionaire businessman and pilot Jared Isakman, who has also purchased seats on the plane for the other three crew members: Dr. Hayley Arsenault, geologist Sian Proctor, who will serve as pilot, and computer scientist Chris Sembrowski.
The astronauts lifted off from NASA’s spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday at 2:02 p.m. Poland time and reached orbit less than 12 minutes into the flight. The crew is expected to return to Earth on Saturday.
After Inspiration 4, four private civilian flights have already been planned, the first of which is planned for January 2022. (PAP)
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