October 17, 2021

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Four tourists disembarked from Florida

Here they are safe and noisy at home. After three days in space, Four private SpaceX passengers landed on a Florida beach on Saturday evening, September 18th. A maneuver to mark the end of this first orbital mission that does not include a professional astronaut.

The landing took place just after 7pm on the US East Coast, according to a video broadcast by Alan Musk. The Dragon capsule was first propelled by its thermal armor, and then the four large parachutes slowly made their way to the smooth landing.

A SpaceX ship later recovered the capsule. The four passengers then left one by one. They were flown by helicopter to the Kennedy Space Center, from where they thanked the Falcon 9 missile on Wednesday evening, where they will reunite with their families.

“It was a hell of a journey for us, it’s just the beginning.”Shortly after landing, billionaire Jared Isaacman told Captain. “Congratulations, Inspiration 4”, A tweet from Ellen Musk, Boss of SpaceX.

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“Inspiration 4” is the name of this first purely tourist spaceflight, even though it made it possible to collect data: heart rate, sleep, oxygen concentration in the blood, cognitive ability … their study should make it better to understand the effect of the space environment early on. These amateur astronauts trained for only six months before the voyage, compared to years for professionals.

15 times a day around the world

This is the third time that Elon Musk’s company has brought humans back to Earth, with two astronauts involved in a demonstration in August 2020, and then in May 2021 with four more astronauts on the first regular mission. From NASA, on the same spacecraft. All were returning from their stay at the International Space Station (ISS).

Unlike them, the passengers of the “Inspiration 4” did not go to the ISS, but orbited the Earth at an altitude of about 575 km, which is farther than the space station. At 28,000 km / h, they orbited the world more than 15 times each day.

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The work was funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman. He gave the aliens three seats: Haley Arsenox, a 29-year-old medical assistant, the youngest American to go into space, Sean Proctor, a 51-year-old professor, and Chris Chembroski, a former military man. 42-year-old U.S. Air Force.

Four space tourists in orbit, September 16, 2021: Left to right: Jared Isaacman, millionaire who funded the mission, Haley Arsenox, Christopher Chembroski and Cyan Proctor.

“Inspiration 4” refers to the flight of millionaires into space over the summer: First Richard Branson, July 11, Aboard the Virgin galaxy, A few days later Jeff Bezos, With his company Blue Origin. But these sarporbital planes were delivered for only a few minutes at zero gravitational force.

SpaceX plans more space cruise flights. Next up is January 2022, with three entrepreneurs.

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World with AFP

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