After blasting off on their pioneering mission from Cape Canaveral the night before, SpaceX's all-civilian Inspiration4 crew spent their first day in orbit conducting scientific research and visiting with children at a paediatric cancer hospital.The public would not be able to listen in or watch events unfold in real time, unlike NASA missions. Patients at St Jude, on the other hand, were able to speak with the four American astronauts, “asking the questions we all want to know like ‘are there cows on the Moon??'” according to St Jude.
The flight's charterer, billionaire Jared Isaacman, is trying to raise $200 million for the research facility.Inspiration4 is the first orbital space trip to be carried out entirely by private persons.Elon Musk's business had earlier stated that the four were "healthy" and "happy," that they had completed their first round of scientific research, and that they had had a couple of meals.Musk himself tweeted that he had spoken with the crew and that “all is well.”They should also have been able to look out from the Dragon ship's cupola, the world's largest space window, which has been installed for the first time in place of the ship's customary docking mechanism.
The Inspiration4 mission also brings the overall number of persons in space to 14 for the first time, a recent peak. The International Space Station had 13 crew on board in 2009. (ISS).Seven people are now aboard the ISS, including two Russian cosmonauts and three Chinese astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-12 ship, which is coming to Earth after a 90-day stay at the Tiangong space station.
The space adventure comes at the end of a summer that has seen billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos duke it out to reach the final frontier. However, these flights only provided a few minutes of weightlessness, as opposed to the Inspiration4 crew's three days in orbit before crashing down off the coast of Florida on Saturday.
Source: Money Control
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