Space tourists home with a splash

Central Station | 20 Sep 2021

Four SpaceX tourists returned to Earth safely after spending three days in space - the first orbital mission with no professional astronauts on board.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule was slowed down by four large parachutes before splashing into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

"That was a heck of a ride for us, and we're just getting started," said billionaire captain Jared Isaacman, who financed the trip with a goal of making space a bit more accessible.

"Congratulations @Inspiration4x !!!" SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted.

The smiling space novices spent three days orbiting Earth, traveling further than the International Space Station and circling the globe more than 15 times each day.

Isaacman, who paid SpaceX tens of millions of dollars, offered the other three seats to strangers: Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old nurse; Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old professor; and Chris Sembroski, 42, a US Air Force veteran.

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