SpaceX’s Inspiration4 capsule splashes down safely in Atlantic Ocean after becoming first ever space flight with only civilians on board

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  • SpaceX’s first civilian crew has successfully returned to Earth after three days in space.
  • The Inspiration 4 crew plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Florida just after 7 p.m. Saturday, ending their historic mission.
  • The Dragon capsule descended on four slopes toward Earth before slowly descending into the water as the module floated on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 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 shared photos on Twitter to celebrate their first day in orbit

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SpaceX’s first civilian crew has successfully returned to Earth after three days in space.

The Inspiration 4 crew plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Florida shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, ending their historic three-day mission to orbit Earth.

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The Dragon capsule descended on four slopes toward Earth before slowly descending into the water as the module floated on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX Mission Control radioed the crew, ‘Your mission has shown the world that space is meant for all of us.

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Mission Commander Jared Isaacman replied, ‘Thank you very much SpaceX, it was a heck of a ride for us.

And SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted: ‘Congratulations @Inspiration4x!!!’

The four crew members alighted from the capsule safely and boarded a helicopter to be reunited with their families.

The Inspiration 4 crew — Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arsinaux, Sean Proctor and Chris Sambroski — launched into space aboard the modified Crew Dragon module from Kennedy Space Center in Florida shortly after Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST (1 a.m. BST on Thursday).

He had a special glowing viewing capsule to keep his gaze on Earth while in orbit.

The crew shared photos of their mission on Twitter, showing Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arsinaux, Sean Proctor and Chris Sambroski on the Crew Dragon module.

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

Four main chutes open as Inspiration 4 capsule lands back on Earth after a three-day mission in space

The Inspiration 4 capsule carrying four civilian crew members makes a safe return to Earth as it lands in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday

The Inspiration 4 capsule carrying four civilian crew members makes a safe return to Earth as it lands in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday

The Inspiration 4 capsule carrying four civilian crew members fell off the coast of Florida on Saturday

The Inspiration 4 capsule carrying four civilian crew members fell off the coast of Florida on Saturday

A view inside the Inspiration 4 crew capsule after it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday

A view inside the Inspiration 4 crew capsule after it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday

SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted: 'Congratulations @Inspiration4x!!!'  shortly after the crew returns to Earth

SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted: ‘Congratulations @Inspiration4x!!!’ shortly after the crew returns to Earth

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.

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, spent three days orbiting the planet, before returning to Earth on Saturday.

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

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

Aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, the crew orbited Earth about 15 times a day during their three-day voyage. 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 are then cornered 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…

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