Crew Dragon Resilience splashes down with the Inspiration4 crew. Credit: SpaceX
Three days after riding a rocket into space, the Inspiration4 crew return to Earth inside their Crew Dragon capsule.
Splashdown took place at 7:06 p.m. EDT (23:06 UTC) Sept. 18, 2021, after the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft had performed a deorbit burn and reentered Earth’s atmosphere.
This mission capped off the first all-private civilian mission into orbit and saw a number of other firsts, including the first black woman pilot of a spacecraft, the first person with a prosthetic as well as the first Crew Dragon to not fly to the International Space Station.
The Inspiration4 crew snap a selfie while inside the Dragon’s Cupola window. Credit: SpaceX
Aboard were 38-year-old Jared Isaacman, a billionaire and the mission’s commander; 51-year-old Sian Proctor, a geoscientists and science communicator as well as the mission’s pilot; 29-year-old Hayley Arceneaux, a childhood cancer survivor and current St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Physician Assistant; and 42-year-old Chris Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin data engineer and the flight’s mission specialist.
The mission was funded by Isaacman and primarily used as a $200 million fundraiser and outreach campaign for St. Jude.
While Isaacman served as the commander, ...