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Inspiration4 returned from completing first all-civilian orbital mission

SpaceX civilian flight
Posted at 8:13 PM, Sep 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-18 22:04:14-04

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space X's Inspiration4 returned to Earth Saturday evening, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean at 7:06 P.M. EDT.

Three days earlier, the first all-civilian crew was part of a historic launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The orbit around space created plenty of rave about being the first, especially for Louisiana native Hayley Arceneaux.

Arceneaux, a 29-year-old cancer survivor and a physician's assistant at St. Jude in Memphis, Tenn., and is now known as the youngest American to enter space, and the first one to have prosthetic body part to travel to space.

She was picked at the request of Jared Isaacman, a billionaire businessman, who organized and financed the event and chose St. Jude as the recipient of a $100 million dollar charitable gift.

While aboard the Dragon spacecraft, the four crew members shared what they were doing in space, chatted with patients from St. Jude, enjoyed fresh food, snacks, coffee and tea-all to make a significant contribution in the fight to cure childhood cancer.

Each space traveler's mission was of "leadership, hope, generosity, and prosperity" as they traveled across at a low earth orbit.

The mission was to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital while representing a new era for human spaceflight and exploration.

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