After spending three days in the Earth’s orbit, SpaceX Dragon Capsule returned successfully to the Earth. According to a video feed by the company, the capsule touched the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida at 7:06 pm (2306 GMT) on Saturday.
It is one of the historic missions in Space tourism because this time all four space tourists were not professional astronauts. They didn’t even have years and years of training in space travelling.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2021
One of the space travellers, Issacman who actually paid for this trip gave other three seats to strangers – Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old nurse; Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old professor; and Chris Sembroski, 42, a US Air Force veteran.
However, the amount he paid for this three-day trip to Earth’s orbit is not revealed. These passengers travelled farther than International Space Station (ISS) at an orbit of about 575 km high and each day for more than 15 times, the capsule circled the globe. After reaching the Earth safely, all passengers were headed back to where they started this mission, that is, Kennedy Space Center.
This mission which had begun on Wednesday, called Inspiration4, was to encourage all the people who want to travel to space irrespective of their profession or their training experience in space travelling. Inspiration4, as its name suggests, was to inspire and acknowledge the democratization of space by proving that the cosmos belong to everyone and it is available for all who desire to reach there.
According to SpaceX’s director of human spaceflight programs, Benji Reed, the company is planning more such space visits and in fact “the amount of the number of people who are approaching us through our sales and marketing portals have actually increased significantly”. The next mission of space tourism by Space X will have three passengers who are businessmen, onboard and it is scheduled for January, next year.