SpaceX’s 1st tourists homeward bound after 3 days in orbit

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Udaan is being used to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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A SpaceX capsule carrying four space tourists is aimed to splash down on the Florida coast on Saturday evening.

The first full-amateur flight into Earth orbit began three days ago with a launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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The billionaire who paid for the flight, Jared Isaacman, took with him two contest winners as well as a childhood cancer survivor who is now a physician assistant at the hospital where he was treated: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Inspire 4 Leader plays from space for the first time

They are using a flight called Inspiration4 to try to raise $200 million for St. Jude.

Stranger by March, he spent six months training and preparing for potential emergencies on the automated Dragon capsule. Once in class, he interacted with St. Jude’s patients, underwent medical examinations himself, rang the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange, and continued drawing and playing the guitar.

This will be the first Atlantic splashdown by a returning space crew in more than 50 years. SpaceX’s last two crew splashdowns, along with NASA astronauts, were in the Gulf of Mexico.

SpaceX envisions six private flights a year, sandwiched between the launches of astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.

“It was the heck of a ride for us, and we are just getting started,” said Inspire 4 Commander Jared Isaacman.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted after the landing.

“Congratulations @Inspiration4x!!!” He tweeted.


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