The four-person crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean Saturday evening, successfully completing the first-ever trip of an all-civilian orbit team into space. It is reported by DW.
Video of the moment showed the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuting back onto Earth, with people cheering as it officially splashed into the Atlantic off the Florida coast shortly after 7 p.m.
The mission, funded and led by billionaire Jared Isaacman, marks a significant step in efforts by SpaceX and other aerospace corporations to make space flight commercially available.
Issacman paid $200 million for the flight's four seats, with the mission aimed at raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In addition to Issacman, the crew also included Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant and former patient at St. Jude, as well as Lockheed Martin engineer Chris Sembroski.
Sian Proctor, professor in Phoenix, Arizona, was also aboard the flight, and became the first Black woman to serve as the pilot of a spacecraft.