Inspiration4 splashdown: 14 photos and videos of the historic SpaceX mission

SpaceX just made history with Inspiration4, the first civilian flight into orbit.


On Saturday, September 18 just after 7 p.m. Eastern, the Inspiration4 team in their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule safely splashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.

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Footage of the Dragon capsule’s parachute’s deploying a few minutes earlier.


The first footage taken from Earth of the Inspiration4 reentering Earth’s atmosphere.


The view of Earth from Inspiration4 during de-orbital acceleration.


While you’re here, check out some epic photos and videos from Inspiration4’s September 15 launch.



The dashboard of the Inspiration4 mission.‌

A stuffed dog floats in the weakened gravity shortly after launch.

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Inspiration4 circled the Earth for three days — its elliptical orbit saw it round our planet about 50 times — before splashing down.

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The crew of Inspiration4 includes Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman, scientist Sian Proctor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee Hayley Arceneaux, and aeronautical engineer Chris Sembroski.

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Hang loose: Jared Isaacman ahead of the September 15 launch.


Isaacman paid $100 million to be one of the first non-astronauts in space.