US, September 19: A video shared by Space X, founded by Elon Musk, created a buzz on social media within just a few hours. An orbital sunset shot from the Dragon’s Cupola that is orbiting Earth is visible in the video.
The video, which is captioned as “View of an orbital sunset from Dragon’s cupola”, has been retweeted over 9,000 times and has garnered over 63,000 likes.
Elon Musk was quick to re-share it saying, Moving at ~23 times the speed of sound, circling Earth every ~90 minutes.
Moving at ~23 times speed of sound, circling Earth every ~90 minutes https://t.co/AncsjFpirC
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2021
The Inspiration4 crew, who happens to be billionaire Jared Isaacman, physician assistant and childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, aerospace engineer Chris Sembroski and African American geology professor Sian Proctor will be in orbit for three days and will thus get to see many such brilliant views of the earth from there.
The Inspiration4 crew will splash back off the coast in Florida on Saturday. The crew is ‘healthy, happy, and resting comfortably,’ the company said Thursday in its first update since the pioneering mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral the night before. The mission aims to raise $200 million for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and study the biological effects of deep space on the astronauts’ bodies. Its main goal, however, is to prove that space is accessible to ordinary people.
The space adventure bookends a summer marked by the battle of the billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos to reach the final frontier.