CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists ended their trailblazing trip to orbitin the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, near where their chartered flight began three days earlier. The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut. The billionaire who paid undisclosed millions for the trip and his three guests wanted to show that ordinary people could blast into orbit alone. SpaceX founder took them on as the company’s first rocket-riding tourists.
SpaceX‘s fully automated International Space Station by 100 miles (160 kilometers), the passengers savored views of Earth through a big bubble-shaped window added to the top of the capsule. The four streaked back through the atmosphere early Saturday evening, the first to end their flight in the Atlantic since Apollo 9 in 1969. SpaceX‘s two previous crew splashdowns — carrying — were in the Gulf of Mexico.reached an unusually high altitude of 363 miles (585 kilometers) after Wednesday night’s liftoff. Surpassing the
This time, NASA was little more than an encouraging bystander, its only tie being the Kennedypad once used for the Apollo moonshots and shuttle crews, but now leased by SpaceX. The trip’s sponsor, Jared Isaacman, 38, an entrepreneur and accomplished pilot, aimed to for St. Jude . Donating $100 million, he held a lottery for one of the four seats. He also had a competition for his Allentown, Pennsylvania clients, payment-processing business, Shift4 Payments.
Joining him on the flight were Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a St. Jude physician assistant who was treated at the Memphis, Tennessee hospital nearly two decades ago for bone cancer, and Almost everything appeared to go well, leaving them time to chat with St. Jude patients, on themselves, ring the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange, and do some drawing and ukulele playing.Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer in Everett, Washington, and Sian Proctor, 51, a community college educator, scientist and artist from Tempe, Arizona. Strangers until March, they spent six months training and for potential emergencies during the flight, dubbed Inspiration4.
Arceneaux, the youngest American in space and the first with a prosthesis assured her patients, “I was a little girl going through cancer treatment just like a lot of you, and if I can do this, you can do this.” They also took calls from Tom Cruise, interested in his ownfor filming, and the rock band U2’s Bono. Even their space menu wasn’t typical: Cold pizza and sandwiches and pasta Bolognese and Mediterranean lamb. Nearly 600 people have reached space — a scorecard that began 60 years ago and is to skyrocket soon as space tourism heats up.
Benji Reed, a SpaceX director, anticipates as many as six private flights a year sandwiched between. Four SpaceX flights are already booked to carry paying customers to the , accompanied by former NASA astronauts. The first is targeted for , with three businessmen paying $55 million apiece. Russia also plans to take up an actor and film director and a Japanese tycoon in December. Customers interested in quick space trips turn to Richard Branson’s and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. In July, the two rode their rockets to the fringes of space to spur ticket sales; their flights .