Elon Musk’s SpaceX firm has tweeted footage of the first views of Earth from its civilian flight.
The space company made history last night when it successfully launched an all-civilian space flight for the first time.
Astronauts on the Inspiration 4 mission are inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
It has been modified to provide spectacular views of the Earth.
SpaceX recently tweeted a video of one of those scenes, which shows the location of Earth and the transparent dome on the capsule.
The firm wrote: “view from the dragon’s dome”.
In the accompanying video, Prithvi looks like a pearl marble.
The Inspiration 4 group will have a more dramatic view of Earth than the International Space Station.
This is because their capsule is floating above the orbit.
At an altitude of 358 miles (575 km), the Crew Dragon capsule is about 100 miles higher than the ISS.
In comparison, Jeff Bezos’ recent Blue Origin flight took him to an altitude of about 66 miles.
SpaceX engineers modified the capsule for civilian flight by inserting a glass viewing dome where the docking mechanism is usually located.
The Inspire 4 astronauts would not be docking with the ISS, so that part was not necessary.
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