History-making space tourists splash down to earh

History-making space tourists splash down to earh
Jared Isaacman, left, and the rest of the team inside the capsule. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: After three days in space, four amateur astronauts have splashed down successfully in the Atlantic Ocean.

The astronauts are the first all-civilian team ever to orbit the Earth.

On Wednesday, the Inspiration4 crew left on a SpaceX capsule from Florida and landed off the state’s coast after 19:00 local time (23:00 GMT) on Saturday.

Four parachutes slowed the SpaceX capsule’s descent before it landed in the ocean, where SpaceX boats sped to retrieve it.

The Inspiration4 astronauts were led by billionaire Jared Isaacman, chief executive of the e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments Inc, Mr Isaacman acted as mission “commander”.

He had paid an undisclosed amount – estimated by Time magazine to be about $200 million – to fellow billionaire Elon Musk for all four seats aboard the Crew Dragon.

The billionaire was joined by three strangers he had selected – aerospace data engineer and Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski, 42; geoscientist and former Nasa astronaut candidate Sian Proctor, 51; and physician’s assistant and childhood bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 29.

“That was a heck of a ride for us. We’re just getting started,” Mr Isaacman radioed shortly after landing.

The trip marks the third time SpaceX has taken humans to space and back – and another milestone in the space tourism market.

The co-founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk tweeted: “Congratulations @Inspiration4x !!!”

Mission director Todd Ericson told a press conference: “Welcome to the second space age,” adding that after this, “space travel becomes much more accessible to average men and women.”

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