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SpaceX launched Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew for three days into Earth's orbit – the world’s first all-civilian mission
15 Sept 2021
Dragon, the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit will return to Earth on September 18. Mission Objectives is to raise $200M for St. Jude to give hope to all kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Another objective is to study Human Body in space. During their multi-day journey in orbit, the Inspiration4 crew has been conducting scientific research designed to advance human health on Earth and during future long-duration spaceflights.
Dragon reached its intended target orbit, with altitudes as high as 590 kilometers above the Earth’s surface — flying farther than any human spaceflight since the Hubble missions. Dragon’s new cupola observation dome is the largest contiguous space window ever flown. Designed, tested, and qualified for flight in six months, it replaced the mechanism used on Dragon’s previous flight to autonomously dock to the International Space Station. The three-layer observation dome was put through an extensive qualification process, including thermal, vibration, structural environments, and life-cycle to verify capability.
Crew includes Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski, and Dr. Sian Proctor.