The four “space tourists” aboard SpaceX are moored in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida, after spending three days in space. The first orbital mission in which there were no professional astronauts aboard a spacecraft was therefore successful. Ditching took place at the scheduled time, a little after 11pm yesterday (7pm on the American coast). Four large parachutes slowed the capsule’s descent.
Immediately after hitting the water, SpaceX and its passengers were recovered from the mission boats. The spacecraft took off shortly after two o’clock on September 16 last year from the Cape Canaveral base. The historic mission of Elon Musk’s Space X Crew Dragon shuttle led the four civilians to orbit in space more than 500 km away from Earth.
On the previous two space trips, SpaceX had transported astronauts to NASA. Billionaire Jared Isaacman, who paid an unspecified sum of several million dollars for the trip, and his three guests wanted to prove that ordinary people can travel in orbit alone, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk chose them as the first tourists. aboard the company’s rockets.
“Your mission has shown the world that Space is for all of us,” SpaceX Mission Control radioed. “It has been a great journey for us, and it has only just begun,” Jared Isaacman replied.