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Inspiration4 crew ‘healthy, happy’ after first days in space

17 Sep 2021, 22:45 UTC
Inspiration4 crew ‘healthy, happy’ after first days in space
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The Inspiration4 crew during an in-flight mission update broadcast. Credit: SpaceX
Since their launch two days ago, the Inspiration4 crew has settled in and begun working on their scientific research while making calls to St. Jude patients.
Commander Jared Isaacman, Pilot Sian Proctor, Chief Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux and Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, all non-professional astronauts, launched at 8:02 p.m. EDT Sept. 15 (00:02 Sept. 16), 2021, in a Crew Dragon spacecraft atop of a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Inspiration4 Chief Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux looks out of Dragon’s massive Cupola window. Credit: SpaceX
“The [Inspiration4] crew is healthy, happy and resting comfortably,” SpaceX updated via a tweet on Sept. 16. “Before the crew went to bed, they traveled 5.5 times around Earth, completed their first round of scientific research, and enjoyed a couple of meals.”
Crew Dragon was launched into a roughly 365-mile (590 kilometer) orbit around Earth, inclined roughly 51.6 degrees.
Shortly after launch, the crew spoke with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who reported they were doing well on orbit following their ascent.
SpaceX said the crew spent their first full day conducting additional research, spent time talking to St. Jude patients in private ...

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