‘An incredible first day!’ SpaceX’s first all-civilian crew settles into life in space as their Crew Dragon module completes more than 15 orbits of Earth

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  • Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arsinaux, Sean Proctor and Chris Sambrowski launched into space Wednesday night on a modified Crew Dragon module
  • The four citizens will spend three days in Earth orbit
  • Crew shares new photos on Twitter to celebrate their first day in orbit

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SpaceX’s first civilian crew has completed its first day in orbit around Earth, launching from Earth on Wednesday night.

The crew of Inspiration 4 shared new photos on Twitter, showing Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arsinaux, Sean Proctor and Chris Sambrowski in the Crew Dragon module.

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He wrote, ‘The Inspiration 4 crew’s first day in space was incredible.

‘They have completed more than 15 orbits around planet Earth since liftoff and made full use of the Dragon Cupola.’

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The crew launched into space shortly after 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday (1 a.m. BST on Thursday) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The group will orbit the planet for three days before returning to Earth on Saturday.

While this is not the first time civilians have traveled to space, Inspiration 4 is the first mission to be conducted entirely by civilians.

The Inspiration4 crew shared new photos on Twitter, showing (from left to right) Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arsinaux, Chris Sambrowski and Sean Proctor in the Crew Dragon module.

He wrote, 'The Inspiration 4 crew's first day in space was incredible.  'They have completed more than 15 orbits around planet Earth since liftoff and made full use of the Dragon Cupola.'  Ms Acreneaux is pictured in the vaulted window, known as the cupola

He wrote, ‘The Inspiration 4 crew’s first day in space was incredible. ‘They have completed more than 15 orbits around planet Earth since liftoff and made full use of the Dragon Cupola.’ Ms Acreneaux is pictured in the vaulted window, known as the cupola

The group, led by Jared Isaacman (pictured), who is also funding the trip, will orbit the planet for three days before returning to Earth on Saturday.

The group, led by Jared Isaacman (pictured), who is also funding the trip, will orbit the planet for three days before returning to Earth on Saturday.

Aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, the crew will orbit the Earth about 15 times a day during their three-day journey.  Pictured is Chris Sambrowski

Aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, the crew will orbit the Earth about 15 times a day during their three-day journey. Pictured is Chris Sambrowski

The crew began their journey Wednesday at 4:07 p.m. ET, when the four men left Hangar X, where they were met by a large crowd.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was also present to watch the crew and appeared as excited as the team going into space.

The Inspiration team said a final goodbye to friends and family and packed in two white Tesla Model X vehicles, taking them to SpaceX’s new suit-up room to get in their space gear.

The Inspiration 4 crew, the first all-civilian crew to fly in space, side-by-side as they prepare to make their historic voyage into space

The Inspiration 4 crew, the first all-civilian crew to fly in space, side-by-side as they prepare to make their historic voyage into space

From there they headed for Launch Pad 39, where the giant Falcon 9 rocket stood, climbed to the top of the tower and went into the capsule.

The crew, however, stopped outside the capsule hatch to sign their name by the SpaceX emblem on the white wall, denoting the first all-civilian mission.

They were then tied up by SpaceX employees, who are called ‘SpaceX ninjas’ because of their all-black attire.

Meet the Inspiration4 Crew

Jared Isaacman, 38

Jared Isaacman, 38

Jared Isaacman, 38

Issakman grew up in New Jersey and started working in computer technical support and repair when he was just 14 years old.

Two years later, he was offered a full-time position and dropped out of high school to take the job—he later earned a GED.

In 2005, Issacman founded a retail payment processing company called United Bank Cards, later renamed HarborTouch, a point-of-sale payments company based in Pennsylvania.

He was the founding CEO and retained that role, having been with the company for ‘more than a decade’ profitable in 2015.

By 2020, the company was renamed Shift4 Payments, Isaacman became CEO, and the company was processing $200 billion in payments annually.

Issacman will pilot the craft and serve as the spacecraft commander.

Hayley Arsinaux, 29

Hayley Arsinaux, 29

Hayley Arsinaux, 29

Arsinox, who hails from Tennessee, was the first winner of a seat on the craft, which would become the youngest American in space and the first person to travel with a prosthesis.

At age 10, Arsinox was treated for bone cancer and underwent surgery in St. Jude to replace her knee and receive a titanium rod in her left thigh bone.

She wants to show her young patients and other cancer survivors that ‘the sky is no longer the limit.’

Sean Proctor, 51

Sean Proctor, 51

Sean Proctor, 51

Proctor was shown as the winner last March.

He is an entrepreneur, educator, trained pilot and an active voice in the space exploration community.

He was selected as the top entrant to an independently scheduled online business competition that attracted nearly 200 entries and was run by the eCommerce platform Shift4Shop.

And an independent panel of judges chose their space art website, dubbed Space2inspire.

Proctor, who studied geology, applied three times to NASA’s astronaut corps, came to a close in 2009, and participated in the simulated Mars mission in Hawaii.

Chris Sambrowski, 41

Chris Sambrowski, 41

Chris Sambrowski, 41

The last seat was given to Sambrowski, who donated and entered a lottery but was not chosen in a random drawing earlier this month – his friend was.

His friend refused to fly for personal reasons and offered the opportunity to Sambrowski, who worked as a Space Camp counselor in college and volunteered for space advocacy groups.

In March, he said, ‘Just finding out I’m going to space was an incredible, strange, surreal phenomenon.

Sembroski will serve as mission specialist and help manage payloads, science experiments, communications for mission control, and more.

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The crew smiled inside the capsule, as they proudly wore the iconic white space suit that was customized to fit each person’s body.

Isaacman, the mission’s commander, is funding the trip in a private deal with SpaceX.

The other three nationals were selected through a competition launched in February.

Jared Isaacman, the mission's commander, is funding the trip in a private deal with SpaceX

Jared Isaacman, the mission’s commander, is funding the trip in a private deal with SpaceX

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