As of Monday morning, the White House had yet to comment on the mission, dubbed “Inspiration 4,” the first time an all-civilian crew has made it into Earth orbit.
Elon Musk took a swipe at President Biden after the commander in chief failed to acknowledge SpaceX’s completion of its first all-civilian mission, in which four amateur astronauts orbited Earth for three days.
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One of Musk’s 60 million Twitter followers reported that the White House and Biden have yet to comment on the mission, which successfully returned to Earth Saturday evening.
“The President of the United States Also Refuses to Accept 4 New American Astronauts Who Helped Raise Millions of Dollars for St. Jude,” User wrote @rhensing. “What is your theory as to why this is so?”
“He’s still sleeping,” Musk replied on Sunday afternoon.
As of Monday morning, the White House had yet to comment on the mission, called “Inspire 4,” which marks the first time an all-civilian crew has made it into Earth orbit.
Crew – Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arsinaux, Chris Sambrowski and Dr. Sean Proctor – spent three days orbiting the planet at an altitude of more than 335 miles, about 75 miles above the International Space Station and on a level with the Hubble Space Telescope. .
Isaacman, 38, a skilled jet pilot, reportedly took command of the mission after paying $200 million for the privilege.
The billionaire donated two seats of the mission to charity. The second went to Sambrowski, who won a sweepstakes that raised $113 million in donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
The flight helped raise more than $200 million for St. Jude, after a $50 million donation from Musk himself.
The Crew Dragon capsule carrying the quintet of astronauts plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Kennedy Space Center in Florida shortly after 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.
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“Welcome to Planet Earth, from SpaceX,” a dispatcher told the crew on the event’s live stream.
“Your mission has shown the world that space belongs to all of us, and that ordinary people can make an extraordinary impact on the world around them.”
Top officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, congratulated those involved in the mission.
SpaceX aerospace competitors including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin also congratulated the company on the mission.
This isn’t the first time Musk has been at odds with the Biden administration. Last month Musk said there was none from Tesla invited to the White House For a summit on the future of electric cars, even rivals Ford, GM and Stelantis were present.
And more recently, Musk criticized a proposal from the Biden administration that would, to some, allocate an additional $4,500 in incentives to buyers of new electric cars — but only if they were made by unionized workers in the US.
Tesla’s factories are not union-represented and Musk has opposed unionization efforts in the past.
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