Inspiration4 Amateur Astronauts Return to Earth after Three Days in Space

Space X Inspiration4: (L-R) Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arcenaux, Dr Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski Image: Sky News

Four amateur astronauts have splashed down successfully in the Atlantic Ocean after three days in space.

They are the first private, all-civilian team ever to orbit the Earth.

According to the BBC, the Inspiration4 crew left on a SpaceX capsule from Florida on Wednesday, and landed off the state’s coast after 7pm local time on Saturday.

The four crew inluded Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arcenaux, Dr Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski.

Four parachutes slowed the capsule’s descent before it landed in the water, where SpaceX boats sped to retrieve it.

The Inspiration4 team was led by billionaire Jared Isaacman, chief executive of the e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments Inc, who acted as mission “commander”.

He had paid an undisclosed sum – estimated by Time magazine to be about $200 million (R 2 billion 938 million ) – to fellow billionaire Elon Musk for all four seats aboard the Crew Dragon.

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