SpaceX Commander Shares Stunning Images of Earth Shot on an iPhone

During their space journey, SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew conducted medical research, spoke with their families back on Earth. The crew also enjoyed the companionship of a xenomorph similar to those featured in Aliens.

They also took time to photograph the stunning vistas of the Earth from the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft’s large glass dome, dubbed the “cupola”. Billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, the captain of the all-civilian crew, posted some photos of the Earth taken using an iPhone.

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Despite the fact that the crew had access to multiple professional cameras. Isaacman shot the photos and video on his iPhone. Issacman said, “It’s incredible that an iPhone can take a picture like this. I particularly like the nosecone in the picture.”

While sharing a video taken over Brazil on his first day in orbit, Isaacman said he felt blessed to observe our planet from that perspective. He went on to say, “We need to take significantly better care of our home planet. While also reaching towards the stars.”

He also posted a video of an Alien-shaped toy and a stunning view of the blue Earth. “This is a friendly xenomorph; he hasn’t attacked us yet,” Isaacman joked.

Founded by Elon Musk In September, SpaceX launched the Inspiration4 mission to a height of 357 miles (574 kilometers); higher than the International Space Station. The team was able to glimpse the Earth in a way that few others had.

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The cupola is the largest glass window ever to go into space. SpaceX has fitted the cupola, to the Dragon spacecraft, for the crew to enjoy the view. The crew stayed in orbit for three days and returned safely, proving SpaceX’s technological breakthroughs.

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While professional cameras used on space missions and the iPhone have no comparison. Isaacman has demonstrated that images taken with an iPhone can nevertheless have an impact. The Insipration4 team used an Apple Watch to record ECG activity, movement, sleep, heart rate, and blood oxygen saturation levels.

Day 1 in a high orbit around Earth for Inspiration4 crew

The crew of the Inspiration4 mission is safely orbiting Earth, according to a tweet from SpaceX on Wednesday afternoon. However, their orbital height is not as remarkable as some space experts have claimed.

“They’re going to be higher than the International Space Station, higher than the Hubble Telescope, honestly higher than any humans other than those who flew to the moon,” Andy Tran, a SpaceX production supervisor, said during a live stream Tuesday chronicling the launch of the Inspiration4 mission.

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The crew of the Inspiration4 mission is safely orbiting Earth, according to a tweet from SpaceX on Wednesday afternoon. However, their orbital height is not as remarkable as some space experts have claimed.

“They’re going to be higher than the International Space Station, higher than the Hubble Telescope, honestly higher than any humans other than those who flew to the moon,” Andy Tran, a SpaceX production supervisor, said during a live stream Tuesday chronicling the launch of the Inspiration4 mission.

Mission updates of Inspiration4 crew

In contrast to NASA missions, little is known about the Inspiration4 crew. The crew members are “healthy, happy, and resting comfortably,” SpaceX said on Twitter, adding that they had completed the first round of scientific study, eaten a couple of meals, and napped.

As commercial space travelers rather than NASA employees, the SpaceX crew can opt to keep their operations hidden. In the last episode of a Netflix documentary series about the mission, more photographs and footage will air. It’s also feasible that the crew will take part in live public broadcasts from orbit, though no plans are out on public yet.

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Mementos and Cargo in a Capsule

The Inspiration4 spacecraft is carrying a variety of goods into space. When the crew returns to Earth, SpaceX will auction these goods to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Christopher Sembroski, a crew member, will be playing the ukulele in the cargo. There are also mission jackets, original artwork, and 66 pounds of hops that will be used in the mission’s official beer by the Sam Adams brewery.

The crew is also transporting a one-of-a-kind digital file, known as an NFT, of the Kings of Leon performing their new song, “Time in Disguise,” live. This will also be on the stage for auction. Furthermore, the astronauts are also allowed to bring personal items to space. For more such updates, keep watching this space!

Inspiration4: SpaceX’s All-Civilian Crew Mission Launch Scheduled for September 15

As Elon Musk’s business enters the space tourism arena, SpaceX is ready to launch four people into space on a three-day mission that will be the first to orbit the Earth with solely private citizens on board. The Inspiration4 mission brings to a close a summer that saw billionaires, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, on Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin spaceships, respectively, cross the final frontier a few days apart in July.

American billionaire Jared Isaacman, the 38-year-old founder and CEO of payment processing startup Shift4 Payment, has chartered the SpaceX journey. He’s also an accomplished pilot. He hasn’t revealed the precise amount he paid SpaceX, but it is in the tens of millions of dollars. The flight itself is significantly more ambitious than the few weightless minutes available from Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon will travel beyond the International Space Station’s orbit. In an episode of a Netflix documentary on the trip, Isaacman noted, “The risk is not zero. You’re traveling around the Earth in a rocket at 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour). There are dangers in such an environment.”

SpaceX has already sent ten people to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA, but this will be the first time it transports non-professional astronauts. The launch will take place on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (5:30 a.m. IST) from NASA’s Kennedy Center in Florida’s launch pad 39A, where the Apollo missions to the Moon took off.

Who are the members of the SpaceX crew?

In addition to Isaacman, who is the mission commander, three non-public persons will be joining the expedition. The crew selection is according to a process, the original advertisement of the process came at the Super Bowl in February. Furthermore, each crew member represents one of the mission’s pillars.

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Hayley Arceneaux, the youngest, is a childhood bone cancer survivor who stands for “hope”. She will be the first person to travel to space with a prosthetic limb. In the documentary, when she was handed her spot, she inquired, “Are we going to the Moon? It appears like no one has visited there in decades”. The 29-year-old was chosen because she works as a Physician Assistant for St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, which is Inspiration4’s philanthropic benefactor.

Chris Sembroski, 42, a former US Air Force veteran who currently works in the aviation sector, was one of the donors who secured the seat of “generosity.” Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old earth science professor was granted the final seat, which symbolizes “prosperity”. In 2009, she narrowly missed out on becoming a NASA astronaut. She’ll be the fourth African-American woman to travel to space.

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Training and Preparation

The crew went through months of preparation, which included experiencing high G forces on a centrifuge, which is a giant arm that rotates quickly. They’ve also performed a high-altitude, snowy trip on Mount Rainier in the northwest United States, where they experienced weightlessness for a few seconds.

They spent time at the SpaceX base, although the trip will be completely self-containing. Their sleep, heart rate, blood, and cognitive capacities will all be monitored over their three days in orbit. Before and after the flight, tests will be conducted to determine the impact of the trip on their bodies. The aim is to gather information for future missions with private passengers.

The mission’s official goal is to make space travel more accessible to more people, while space flight is currently exclusively available to a select few. “There have only been about 600 humans who have traveled to space in all of human history. We are glad that our flight will have an impact on all future travelers” Isaacman added. For more such updates, keep watching this space!