Lockheed Martin’s Chris Sembrowski, a US Air Force veteran, played for spectators in their homes during a 10-minute session of the four-member “Inspiration4” team as they flew at 28,000 kilometers per hour over Europe.
And SpaceX, owned by high-tech tycoon Elon Musk and CEO of electric car maker Tesla, announced after that that the crew is expected to return to Earth today, Saturday.
The craft is scheduled to land shortly after 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
Mission officials said the astronauts spent most of their first 48 hours in space in social contact, including phone calls with family, friends and supporters like Musk and Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
Billionaire Jared Isakman, CEO of e-commerce company Shift for Bitmains, paid Musk an undisclosed sum for the flight. Time magazine estimated that the cost of SpaceX’s first space tourism flight was about $200 million –
And Sembrowski wasn’t alone in showing off his skills while in space.
Shiyan Proctor, 51, a geologist and former NASA astronaut candidate, showed off a piece of her artwork while in space, a drawing she described as depicting a real dragon pulling the Crew Dragon off Earth.
Hayley Arsino, 29, a medical assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Center in Tennessee who was a childhood cancer patient, circled around the booth to give viewers a sense of zero gravity.
“Hayley is a spinning champion,” Proctor said. “She’s spinning from the moment we go into orbit.”