After spending three days in space, four SpaceX tourists landed in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida on Saturday evening, successfully completing the first orbital mission in the history of a professional astronaut.
According to a live video feed from the company, the SpaceX Dragon capsule’s heat shield allowed it to descend before slowing down by four large parachutes and then descending at 7:00 p.m. (2300 GMT). It was later thrown into the sea.
The SpaceX spacecraft immediately rushed to retrieve the capsule, before its hatch could be opened and the astronauts could exit. He will be flown by helicopter to Kennedy Space Center, where he will fly on a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday.
“It was a ride for us and we are just getting started,” said billionaire captain Jared Isaac Mann, who sponsored the trip.
The stated goal of the mission, called Inspiration 4, was to encourage the democratization of space by proving that the universe is accessible to crews that have not been hand-picked for years. in training
Isaac Mann, who paid SpaceX millions of dollars, offered the other three seats to strangers: 29-year-old nurse Haley Arsino. Sean Proctor, 51-year-old professor and 42-year-old Chris Sambrowski, US Air Force veteran.
The Dragon capsule orbits the International Space Station (ISS) at an altitude of 575 km (357 mi) and orbits the Earth more than 15 times a day.
The landing marked the third time that Elon Musk’s company has taken humans back into space after the return of two NASA missions, one in August 2020 and the other in May this year. Both were bringing back astronauts from their stay at the ISS.
Unlike NASA astronauts, members of the Inspire 4 mission did not go to the ISS but remained in orbit around Earth.
During the flight, the vital signs of the crew members were monitored so that the effects of the space environment on those studying it could be studied more thoroughly.