SpaceX Launches Four Tourists To International Space Station with Full Itinerary

by Samantha Whidden

Following the launch of Inspiration4 on Wednesday (September 15th), Elon Musk’s space transportation services and communications company SpaceX announced the full itinerary for the shuttle’s four civilian crew members.

According to CNN, the four crew members on SpaceX’s Inspiration4 will have every hour planned over their three-day adventure in space. Jared Issacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, and Chris Semrboski are the four crew members. The shuttle’s members were space travel trained for six months with SpaceX.

Each member of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 will have time to talk to their families using NASA’s TDRS communications systems. They will also be conducting health experiments. Arceneaux, who is a physician assistant at St. Jude, will be working with her patients while on the mission.

The media outlet also noted that the SpaceX Inspiration4 crew will also be able to check out their space surroundings through the Copula. Which is a big dome window. Each member will also be in the Dragon Capsule, called Resilience. It has been used on one other mission. It is just 13-feet wide. The crew is planning to stay in space for a total of three days. They will be coming back to earth on Saturday (September 18th).

Prior to its launch, SpaceX Inspiration4 Commander Jared Isaacman, stated, “Our crew carries the responsibility and importance of this mission as we prepare to blast off.” 

Issacman then said the SpaceX Inspiration4 members are well-prepared for the challenges ahead of them during the three-day launch. SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer, Gwynne Shotwell, added, “The all-civilian Inspiration4 astronauts are paving the way for a future. Where space is more accessible to all who wish to go. And we are so proud that they entrusted us to fly them.”

What Kind of Experiments Will SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Team Be Doing?

In a recent press release, SpaceX announced that the Inspiration4 crew will be participating in a first-of-its-kind health research initiative to increase humanity’s knowledge on the impacts of spaceflight on the human body. 

Once in orbit, the SpaceX Inspiration4 crew will perform “carefully selected” research experiments on human health and performance. SpaceX as well as Translational Research Institute For Space (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medication, and investigators at Weill Cornell medicine will collect environmental and biomedical data. They will also be taking biological samples before, during, and after the spaceflight. 

Speaking about the experiments, Isaacman stated that the crew is eager to use the mission to help make a better future for those who launch into space in the future. “In all of human history, fewer than 600 humans have reached space. We are proud that our flight will help influence all those who will travel after us. [We] look forward to seeing how this mission will help shape the beginning of a new era for space exploration.”