It was with a broad smile that the four passengers left the capsule before being picked up by a helicopter to go to the Kennedy Space Center, where their families were waiting for them. “Congratulations, Inspiration4”, Then rejoiced on Twitter Elon Musk, the boss of SpaceX and at the origin of the project, using the official name of the mission. The four Americans traveled further than the International Space Station (ISS), up to 590 km altitude. Spinning at around 28,000 km/h, they circled the earth more than 15 times a day.
Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old director of a financial services company, paid SpaceX tens of millions of dollars to afford the trip and three strangers: Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old medical assistant who became the most young American to have been in space, but also the first person with a prosthesis; Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old Earth science professor, and Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old United States Air Force veteran. SpaceX then plans other space tourism flights. The next one could materialize as early as January 2022, with three businessmen on board.