Inspiration4 crew makes splashdown, complete world’s 1st all-civilian orbital mission to space
Florida: After orbiting Earth for three days, four astronauts of Inspiration4 flying aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off coast Florida, US on Saturday, marking the completion of the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit.
"Teams on SpaceX’s Go Searcher recovery ship, are in the process of securing the spacecraft to be hoisted onto the main deck of the ship, where the Inspiration4 crew will egress the spacecraft and receive medical checks before a helicopter ride back to Kennedy Space Center," Inspiration4 said in a statement.
The mission completed several historic firsts, including the:
· First all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit
· First black female spacecraft pilot
· Youngest American in space
· First person to fly to space with a prosthetic
· Farthest flight for a human spaceflight since the Hubble missions
· First time SpaceX has operated three Dragons in space
· First free-flight of a Dragon spacecraft on a human spaceflight mission
· Largest contiguous window ever flown in space
· First splashdown of a Dragon crew in the Atlantic Ocean
· First thrice-flown Falcon 9 booster to launch a human spaceflight mission