‘Welcome Home to Planet Earth!’: Historic All-Civilian Space X Flight Successfully Splashes Down Off Florida Coast

The world’s first all-civilian orbital space flight successfully completed their mission on Saturday, splashing down into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast shortly after 7 pm ET.

Inspiration4, a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, took off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launchpad 39A on Wednesday using a Falcon 9 reusable rocket. The four crew members were Jared Issacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments; Hayley Arceneaux, a childhood cancer survivor and physician’s assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Chris Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin employee who won his ticket in a raffle; and Dr. Sian Proctor, a professor and pilot.

The mission raised money and awareness for St. Jude’s, and will continue to raise funds through February 2022.
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