This is what happened on SpaceX’s first all-civilian flight.


The crew of the SpaceX mission, Inspiration4, SpaceX’s first entirely civilian mission, have shared an update on how they spend their time in orbit — including conducting scientific research, admiring the view from space, and enjoying art and music, Digitartlends reports.

The Inspiration4 crew consists of mission leader Jared Isaacman, billionaire founder of Shift4 Payments, pilot Sian Proctor who is a science communicator who won her place in the competition, Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a physician at St Hospital, Childhood Cancer, and mission specialist Christopher Sembrowski, a veteran in the US Air Force.

Crew Dragon and their view of space, including the aurora that was visible as the crew passed over Europe, enjoy an epic view from the dome, the largest window to fly into space ever. This is not a standard part of the Crew Dragon spacecraft but has been installed specifically for this mission, unlike most other Crew Dragon missions, this flight did not dock with the International Space Station and therefore did not require docking devices.

“We spent a lot of time in this dome,” Arsino said. “We can put our heads down and fit several crew members and see the entire circumference of the Earth, which just gives such an amazing perspective.”

The crew also described some research they conducted using portable ultrasound to measure how the human body changes in space, and Proctor shared some artwork she drew while in orbit, and in addition to art, the crew was also enjoying space music with a custom ukulele that Sembrowski displayed.

In addition to a live update, the crew also conducted a taped interview with patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, rang the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, September 17 and spoke with actor Tom Cruise and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.


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