Orbital Crew Cupola Window View

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The crew’s first appearance in orbit, from left: Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arkinox, Chris Sambrowski, Sean Proctor.

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Launched at SpaceX Wednesday night by Elon Musk, Inspiration 4 shared the first photo from the first day in orbit and got a close-up view of the giant Earth from the spacecraft’s “cupola” window.

The crew spent the first day in weightless orbit inside the capsule, taking pictures from the Crew Dragon window, talking to patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and answering questions from space.

Historic Private Mission — — These include Commander Jared Isaacman, Pilot Sean Proctor, Medical Officer Haley Arseno and Mission Specialist Chris Sambrowski. — — is above the International Space Station and orbits the planet at an altitude of 585 kilometers (363.5 mi), the highest altitude humans have traveled in years.

Inspiration 4, which is expected to return and disintegrate to Earth later this week, was paid for by Isaacman for a private sum. The main goal of the space flight was to raise $200 million for St. Jude.

Haley Arsener has a view of Earth from the dome window of the Crew Dragon.

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SpaceX has modified the flexible top of the Crew Dragon capsule to add a large window for the astronauts and replaced the docking hatch with a “cupola” under the spacecraft’s nose cone.

Spacecraft Commander Jared Isaacman speaks into the microphone while looking out the cupola window.

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The dome is the largest surface area window ever placed in space.

Mission specialist Chris Sambroski can be seen taking pictures with the Crew Dragon’s external camera through the cupola.

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Isaacman is the third millionaire to fly into space this year, after Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos in July. However, the latter two (flying with their respective companies Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin) each fly only a few minutes in space as their rockets fly in what is known as orbital travel. I didn’t spend it. Inspire 4, by comparison, is an orbital mission in which the crew spends several days in space and orbits the Earth 15 times a day.

Musk spoke to the Inspiration 4 crew on Thursday and tweeted, “All is well,” among those who watched him ahead of launch.

“Mission like Inspiration 4 helps advance space flight and ultimately allow everyone to go beyond orbit,” Musk wrote in another tweet.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will pose with the crew ahead of launch on September 15, 2021.

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The Inspiration 4 crew is making history in a way that goes beyond being the first group of non-professional astronauts to orbit. Proctor was the first black woman to fly a spacecraft, and Arsinox was the youngest American and the first woman to have a prosthesis to fly in space.

See more photos of the launch date at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Medical officer Hayley Arsinox points to the camera and pilot Sean Proctor after boarding a Tesla Model X wearing a suit before launch on Sept. 15, 2021.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will fly with the flexibility of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on September 15, 2021.

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Inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft about 30 seconds after takeoff as the Falcon 9 rocket lifts away from Earth on Sept. 15, 2021.


The sparkling exhaust plume of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches into the evening sky over Florida on September 15, 2021.

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