The Inspiration4 crew receives their “Dragon wings” during a post-flight event at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: Inspiration4 / John Kraus
In the weeks following the splashdown of the Inspiration4 mission, the four crew members have become national celebrities in their own right.
Inspiration4 consisted of 38-year-old billionaire and mission sponsor Jared Isaacman, 29-year-old St. Jude representative and childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 51-year-old geoscientist and science communicator Sian Proctor and 42-year-old engineer Chris Sembroski.
In the days leading up to launch, Netflix released a multi-part documentary called “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space” focused around the activities the civilian crew had to undertake before making the historic flight. The final episode, which covered activity around, during and after the mission, debuted Sept. 30.
On Sept. 15, thousands flocked to Florida’s Space Coast to witness the historic liftoff in person, while millions more gathered around their computers, smartphones, and television sets to view the livestream and participate in the first-of-its-kind event.
The four launched in Crew Dragon Resilience atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 8:02 p.m. EDT Sept. 15 (00:02 UTC Sept. 16) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Their mission lasted three days, splashing down ...