It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an all-amateur crew and no professional astronauts as SpaceX’s first private flight has streaked into orbit with two contest winners, a healthcare worker and their rich sponsor.
An ever-swelling amount of space debris is threatening satellites that hover around Earth, making insurers leery of offering coverage to the devices that transmit texts, maps, videos and scientific data, industry sources said.
As part of an astro-tourist team poised to make history the four passengers are supposed to embody the opening-up of space to everyone, giving the mission its name: Inspiration4.
The weather seems cooperative and the passengers are raring to go: SpaceX's first space tourists were a picture of calm on Tuesday as they prepared to blast off on a three-day mission to orbit the Earth.
Elon Musk's private rocket company, SpaceX, was awarded a $178 million contract to launch the first mission to explore Jupiter's icy moon Europa, to find out if it is valid for life, Nasa said on Friday.
"Space Exploration Technologies” based in Hawthorne, California, is scheduled to launch the Europa mission from Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida," Nasa said in a statement published online.
Their capsule streaked through the late night sky like a dazzling meteor before parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Recovery boats quickly moved in with spotlights.
It's the biggest one-day decline after Jeff Bezos's $36 billion plunge following his divorce from MacKenzie Scott in 2019.