SpaceX Updates: Inspiration4 Astronauts Give Live Video Update - The New York Times
Sep 17, 2021 7 mins, 15 secs
The first crew of nonprofessional astronauts in orbit will return to Earth on Saturday night.

As Day 2 dawns for the astronauts, they’re giving hints at their lives in orbit.

When will the astronauts return?

SpaceX’s large cupola gave the astronauts, and us, a new window on planet Earth.

A talk with Tom Cruise as the astronauts cruise around the planet.

Until Friday afternoon, the four members of the Inspiration4 crew put out almost zero updates to the general public — no video of them floating in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, no audio saying hi to the world.

“We’re seeing the world every 90 minutes, that’s how fast we’re traveling around it, it’s pretty incredible,” said Jared Isaacman, the billionaire who financed the mission and who serves as its commander, said during the live event.

The crew members gave a quick tour of the spacecraft and talked about what they have been doing.

Christopher Sembroski, the mission specialist, played a ukulele.

Earlier in the mission, the crew members talked with smaller groups and individuals.

The crew had answered questions from cancer patients at St.

The mission is raising millions of dollars for the hospital, which treats patients at no cost to their families and conducts research on cures for cancer and other diseases?

We learned from the @inspiration4x crew that space chores must be more fun than Earth chores.

Jude and who now works there as a physician assistant, showed the stuffed animal toy that was used as a zero-gravity indicator to show when the astronauts had reached orbit.

The crew members also had a call with the actor Tom Cruise.

The mission’s Twitter feed offered four photographs from space.

The other three show individual crew members in the glass dome at the top of the Crew Dragon capsule.

Elon Musk said on Twitter that he had spoken to the crew.

The mission is scheduled to end on Saturday, with splashdown at 7:06 p.m.

The astronauts of the Inspiration4 mission, four nonprofessional astronauts who went to orbit in a SpaceX capsule, are expected to return to Earth on Saturday, at 7:06 p.m.

While some spacecraft land on the ground, Crew Dragon does water landings, akin to the method used by NASA astronauts to return to Earth during the Apollo, Gemini and Mercury eras.

The splashdowns occur off the coast of Florida, either in the Gulf of Mexico or in the Atlantic Ocean — SpaceX has selected the Atlantic for this mission.

Two NASA missions returning crews from the International Space Station have splashed down safely in the past year, one of them at night.

Because the Inspiration4 mission is considerably higher than earlier Crew Dragon missions, it will start dropping in altitude tonight, to about 225 miles from 360 miles, in order to get into better position for re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

The astronauts on the Inspiration4 mission finally gave people on Earth a good look through their cupola on Friday.

Breaking from @Inspiration4x Mission Control.

#Inspiration4 Crew member Hayley gave St.

The Crew Dragon capsule that the Inspiration4 crew is traveling in has one, and it’s a special cupola, 46 inches in diameter and 18 inches high.

On the three previous Crew Dragon trips to space, the capsules did not have a cupola, because those earlier missions, for NASA, docked at the International Space Station.

But the Inspiration4 mission is simply circling the Earth, so there was no need for docking.

The International Space Station also has a cupola, and it is bigger than the one that the Inspiration4 crew is looking out of.

But the one on the space station consists of several panes within a metal frame.

The continuous glass of the Crew Dragon cupola provides an unobstructed view.

In an Axios podcast about the mission, Jared Isaacman, the billionaire who leads Inspiration4, said the first time he looked out of it, when it was still on the ground at SpaceX headquarters in California, the effect was surprising.

From the images released of the Inspiration4 astronauts in space, it appears that their reaction has been elation.

The Inspiration4 crew has talked to the actor Tom Cruise: Maverick was the call sign of his fighter pilot character in the 1986 movie “Top Gun.”!

Like the Top Gun character, the four astronauts orbiting Earth have their own call signs.

Jared Isaacman, the billionaire underwriting the mission, has flown fighter jets and already had a call sign: Rook, short for rookie.

The other three crew members chose their own call signs.

Cruise about shooting a film on the International Space Station.

A Russian actress and a director are scheduled to visit the space station next month to make a movie named “Challenge,” about a surgeon sent to orbit to save the life of a Russian astronaut.

The four-person crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 raised the number of people in space to 14, edging out a record set in 2009 when 13 people lived on the International Space Station after the space shuttle Endeavour docked there.

There is a team of seven aboard the space station at this time.

And the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft carried three astronauts who were completing a 90-day stay on China’s space station, which is still under construction.

The “Commander & Benefactor” of the Inspiration4 is Jared Isaacman, a high school dropout who became a billionaire founder of a payments processing company.

As those costs go down, the number of people who are in space will go up, he said.

“With private launches, the number of people who can go to space will continue to increase.”.

The Crew Dragon is a gumdrop-shaped capsule — an upgraded version of SpaceX’s original Dragon capsule, which has been used many times to carry cargo.

It is roughly comparable in size to the Apollo capsule that took NASA astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and ’70s.

The capsule has more interior space than a minivan, but less than a studio apartment.

So far, NASA’s missions in Crew Dragon have spent no more than about a day orbiting the planet before docking with the space station.

The crew members will be able to pull out sleeping bags “and strap yourself in so you don’t float into each other during the middle of the night,” he said.

He said they had received good tips from NASA astronauts who previously traveled to space in the capsule.

Arceneaux said during a taste test that she didn’t think she’d eat much in space.

SpaceX has also not said who prepared the meals for this mission.

Sembroski revealed during an episode of an Axios podcast that followed their training for the mission.

And the Inspiration4 crew members, in collaboration with Spotify, put one together for their tour through Earth’s orbit.

Each of the four crew members contributed 10 songs.

Chris Sembroski, the mission specialist on the flight, provided an explanation for some of the songs he selected (with the help of his wife, Erin Duncan-Sembroski):!

Sembroski has brought a ukulele, which he will play during the mission.

Proctor participated in a simulation in Hawaii of a mission exploring the surface of Mars.

Proctor was part of mission control.

Proctor enthusiastically said she wanted to take that to space on her iPhone.

If you are curious about the musical tastes of the Inspiration4 crew members, here is the full list of songs on their official Spotify playlist:.

For most of the mission, if nothing goes wrong, the Crew Dragon spacecraft will operate autonomously with the assistance of SpaceX’s mission control at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

For the mission, Mr.

Isaacman named the four Crew Dragon seats to reflect positive aspects of humanity: leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity.

Isaacman said during a news conference on Tuesday, “and chose to do that through an interesting crew selection process.”.

Isaacman said he wanted it to be more than an extraterrestrial jaunt for rich people like him

Isaacman offered to use the mission as a fund-raising vehicle for St

“If you’re going to accomplish all those great things out in space, all that progress, then you have an obligation to do some considerable good here on Earth, like making sure you conquer childhood cancer along the way,” he said

“We are elated with where we are from a fund-raising perspective,” said Richard C

Isaacman undertaking the Inspiration4 mission

The space agency chose nine new astronauts that year

She is the pilot on the Inspiration4 mission, the first Black woman to serve as the pilot of a spacecraft

He also volunteered for ProSpace, a nonprofit advocacy group that pushed to open space to more people

He is the mission specialist for Inspiration4, and responsible for certain tasks during the mission

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