SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 spaceflight is coming to an end, and the company wants to make sure you see the last moments. The firm livestreams the return of the Crew Dragon capsule to Earth from 6 p.m., east, with an expected splash in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida at 7:06 p.m. You can watch the stream below.
The mission led Shift4 chief Jared Isaacman and three other civilian crew members (Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski) to conduct scientific research on the effects of space travel on the human body. It also served as a fundraising campaign for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which relies primarily on donations to fight cancer drugs.
This is the shortest occupied Crew Dragon flight to date. The previous Demo-2, Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions were all planned to dock at the International Space Station and last between nine weeks to six months- Inspiration4’s three days are a blip in comparison. Not that SpaceX is complaining. It not only shows the viability of sending only civilian teams to space, but can also serve as a selling point for customers who may just want a short time in orbit.
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