Inspiration4‘s crew of civilian astronauts is sharing their joy after returning to Earth from their three-day mission in orbit.
Last Wednesday (Sept. 15), four people strapped into a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and launched to space for Inspiration4, the first all-civilian mission to orbit the planet. The crew landed back on Earth Saturday (Sept. 18), splashing down off the Florida coast at 7:06 p.m. EDT (2306 GMT).
After a successful parachute-assisted landing in the Atlantic Ocean, the crew was quick to share their excitement online.
“Happy. Healthy. Home.” Inspiration4’s official mission Twitter account shared on Saturday. “Welcome back to Earth.”
Happy. Healthy. Home.Welcome back to Earth, @ArceneauxHayley, @rookisaacman, @DrSianProctor, and @ChrisSembroski!#Inspiration4’s mission doesn’t end here — help us reach our $200 million fundraising goal for @StJude! https://t.co/NBUL2e3f4x pic.twitter.com/hhNQydWVJJSeptember 19, 2021
The official mission account tweeted again on Sunday (Sept. 19), sharing a selfie that the crew took together while in space.
Our #Inspiration4 crew took many amazing photos in space during their three-day mission, including this out-of-this-world selfie!Jared, Hayley, Sian, and Chris are back home on Earth, but our team is still fundraising for @StJude. Join that effort: https://t.co/NBUL2e3f4x pic.twitter.com/gerXjLbVLYSeptember 19, 2021
“Splashdown!!!” mission pilot Sian Proctor tweeted a little over two hours after landing. “Best ride of my life! Thank you @SpaceX and @elonmusk@” she tweeted a few minutes later alongside a SpaceX post showing video of the splashdown.
Best ride of my life! Thank you @SpaceX and @elonmusk! @inspiration4x https://t.co/kQFa9mo8GKSeptember 19, 2021
Proctor went on to share that she has “nothing but #gratitude!! Thank you to everyone who helped make our mission a success and supported us through the historic journey,” and “We did it!!!” she added in two follow-up tweets.
Nothing but #gratitude!! Thank you to everyone who helped make our mission a success and supported us through this historic journey. 😊👩🏾🚀🚀🌏🐉@inspiration4x @SpaceX #Space2inspire https://t.co/W0PgPn6fpuSeptember 19, 2021
We did it!! ❤️👩🏾🚀🚀🌏🐉 https://t.co/AF9sBE4b2uSeptember 19, 2021
“We accomplished all of our on-orbit objectives but the most emotional point for me was shortly after splashdown when we learned we surpassed our @StJude fundraising goal,” mission commander Jared Isaacman shared Monday (Sept. 20) morning following a $50 million donation from SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
We accomplished all of our on-orbit objectives but the most emotional point for me was shortly after splashdown when we learned we surpassed our @StJude fundraising goal. On behalf of @inspiration4x and to all the supporters of our mission – Thank you! https://t.co/eigXD6XKsSSeptember 20, 2021
Mission specialist Chris Sembroski also shared his joy following the mission. “What an amazing adventure! I’m so glad to be home on earth and to be back with my family. There is so much to share! What an amazing @inspiration4x team! Thanks @SpaceX!” he tweeted.
What an amazing adventure! I’m so glad to be home on earth and to be back with my family. There is so much to share! What an amazing @inspiration4x team! Thanks @SpaceX!September 19, 2021
“There were four in this Dragon, but all of us went along for the ride,” he tweeted. “Thank you to everyone for making this mission so successful.”
Mission medical officer Hayley Arceneaux also shared her excitement and joy after safely and successfully completing the mission and landing back on Earth.
“The absolute most incredible experience of my life,” Arceneaux shared after landing. “Can’t wait to share more with you all!”
The absolute most incredible experience of my life. Can’t wait to share more with you all! ❤️ https://t.co/Ptbbsro9OCSeptember 19, 2021