O SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with four “beginner” civilians on an ambitious space journey, successfully took off Wednesday night (shortly after 3:00 a.m. Greek time) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in the first tourist, space mission, without a professional astronaut in the crew, for the first time in history.
The Inspiration4 Crew Dragon capsule, a vehicle called Resilience, entered a circular orbit 585 kilometers above our planet, according to Space.com. It is the highest that the Crew Dragon has ever reached and about 185 kilometers above the route of the International Space Station.
The view from there is unique, as shown in the images published by SpaceX on Thursday morning (09/16).
A video posted on Twitter by one of Resilience’s cameras shows our planet emerging from behind the glass dome that SpaceX has installed in the capsule, for the mission crew.
The canopy has replaced a mooring port, which Resilience will not need on this mission, and features the first space toilet with a 360-degree view.