SpaceX's Inspiration4 Crew Successfully Completes First-Ever Private Space Mission

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule entered Earth's atmosphere on Saturday night and splashed down near the eastern

coast of Florida, completing the first civilthe company's mission to space. The Inspiration4 crew - mission-funded billionaire Jared Isaacman, geophysicist Sian Proctor, physician assistant Hayley Arseno, and data engineer Chris Sembroski - became the first civilian crew to spend time in low-Earth orbit without professionally trained astronauts.

The crash zone of the crew in the Atlantic Oceanwas about 50 kilometers east of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, from where they launched into space on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket last Wednesday. Starting at approximately 7:02 pm ET (03:02 am the next day Kiev), Crew Dragon deployed two sets of parachutes - an initial set of two and a final set of four - to facilitate descent toward the ocean. The landing occurred at approximately 7:06 pm ET. SpaceX rescue teams headed to the capsule in boats to pick up the crew.

The return of the crew to Earth passed withoutincidents. They survived an expected roughly seven-minute blackout with SpaceX's mission control center in California due to a plasma envelope that forms around the capsule during turbulent atmospheric re-entry. During entry into the atmosphere, the outer surface of the spacecraft warmed up to 1900 degrees Celsius, but the crew was comfortable thanks to flight suits and an enhanced air conditioning system inside the capsule.

Source: theverge

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