SpaceX provides a tool that allows you to visualize the position of the Crew Dragon capsule above a terrestrial globe. It’s been a day since the Inspiration4 crew left Earth.
Fifteen orbits around the Earth, meals taken in microgravity, some scientific experiments as well, and above all the pleasure of admiring the Earth from the dome of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is located at an altitude of nearly 575 km. The first day spent in space for Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Christopher Sembroski and Sian Proctor was dense.
The crew of # Inspiration4 had an incredible first day in space! They’ve completed more than 15 orbits around planet Earth since liftoff and made full use of the Dragon cupola. pic.twitter.com/StK4BTWSA6
– Inspiration4 (@ inspiration4x) September 17, 2021
Their journey, which began on the night of September 15 to 16, must still last two days, before a return to Earth scheduled for the weekend of September 18 and 19. Until then, the crew – whose particularity is to be made up exclusively of civilians who are not professional astronauts – will still be circling the blue planet many times. Precisely, it is possible to follow the movement of the capsule.
SpaceX indeed offers on a page of its website a visualization of the terrestrial globe which is used to determine the position of the Crew Dragon. Its course is materialized by a trail, which indicates its direction of movement and its trajectory relative to the surface. The company takes the opportunity to recall the altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) and the Hubble telescope, in order to provide reference points.
SpaceX let know by the way, the capsule has so far peaked at an altitude of 590 km above sea level. This constitutes a record for the company: it has never taken a crew so far. Until now, its travels stopped around 400 km, where the ISS is located. SpaceX has been making journeys between the Earth and the ISS since 2020, for the benefit of astronauts.
Considering the Earth’s own rotation as well as the trajectory and speed of movement of the capsule, the crew does not fly over the same regions. The Earth being mostly covered with water, the four astronauts are however, most of the time, above the oceans. But when it comes to landing, it is not just anyone who will be chosen: the capsule must finish its course in the Atlantic.
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