Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian space flight, has completed its first day in orbit. Led by Shift4 Payments founder and CEO Jared Isaacman, the flight has completed more than 15 orbits around the planet. The mission is also part of a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Inspiration4 is also posting flight updates on Twitter and images of the crew from the Dragon capsule. Netflix is also documenting its entire mission into episodes as it unfolds. The photos have started a string of reactions as people look forward to the Netflix episode on the task. After the launch, the next episode is due on 30 September.
The first images from the mission show the crew floating in microgravity. Orbiting 100 miles above the International Space Station, the Inspiration4 team is at an altitude of 358 miles. In the images, the crew is seen enjoying the flight. While the images have left Twitterati in awe, some were concerned about the late update on the mission.
You can see the Earth in the backdrop of some images. The marble-like blue planet appears to be this way because of the altitude of the flight. Other images show crew members staring into space with a smile on their faces.
Inspiration4 is the first space mission carrying only civilians, so it is likely to shape how space travel is seen in the future. We will keep updating this article as we get further updates from the Inspiration4 crew.
After completing its three-day mission in orbit, the Inspiration4 team has made it back home in the Dragon capsule. The first all-civilian space flight also achieved its aim of raising $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Elon Musk has also donated $50 million for the cause. While the team has made it back from space, they’re still raising for St. Jude.