When you’re orbiting the Earth at 360 miles altitude, the vistas are fairly spectacular.
The crew of SpaceX Inspiration4 — the world’s first all-civilian space journey, which took out from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday evening — has completed almost 15 orbits of the planet.
We were all waiting for a sight inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft after the launch and reports that the crew was healthy and well-nourished. Finally, a first look has been provided, and it appears that the crew has been busy with their cameras.
The official Inspiration4 Twitter account published four photographs were taken on board the journey late Thursday, including some amazing shots of the spacecraft’s cupola – the clear viewing dome that provides passengers with a unique view of the Earth far below.
Though the Crew Dragon spacecraft can carry up to seven people, Inspiration4 is manned by four people: Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, who also serves as commander, physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, aerospace data engineer and Air Force veteran Christopher Sembroski, and geoscientist Dr. Sian Proctor.
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— Inspiration4 (@inspiration4x) September 17, 2021
They’ll be in orbit for three days, completing one full circle of the Earth every 90 minutes.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft they’re traveling in has been customized for the journey, with the aforementioned cupola taking the place of the ship’s docking port, which they won’t need because they won’t be stopping at any space stations along the way.
The SpaceX Inspiration4 will land softly off the Florida coast at the end of its journey. You may keep track of their development by visiting this page. Meanwhile, here’s hoping for more photos from the same source.