SpaceX’s historic Inspiration4 mission, the first to consist of just civilian crews, took off this week from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Currently, the mission is fully operational and has already made more than 15 orbits around our planet.
Early reports from SpaceX indicated that the four-passenger crew was in good condition and fed well.
This Friday, September 17, the aerospace company has shared the first photographs taken by the crew.
The crew of # Inspiration4 had an incredible first day in space! They’ve completed more than 15 orbits around planet Earth since liftoff and made full use of the Dragon cupola. pic.twitter.com/StK4BTWSA6
& mdash; Inspiration4 (@ inspiration4x) September 17, 2021
On its Twitter account, Inspiration4 showed four images taken from inside the flight, including impressive shots of the transparent dome of the spacecraft from where the crew members observe Earth from a great distance.
While SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is designed to carry seven passengers, the Inspiration4 crew is just four people.
This is the millionaire Jared Isaacman, who has financed the mission and acts as commander; as well as medical assistant Hayley Arceneaux, space data engineer and Air Force veteran Christopher Sembroski, and geoscientist Sian Proctor. Here you can find more information about this historic crew.
This mission constitutes an important milestone, as it is the first to be sent into space without a professional astronaut.
Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, hopes that Inspiration4 will serve as an example and show that space travel can indeed be possible for “ordinary” people, who come from fields as diverse as science, education and finance.