A SpaceX capsule carrying the first fully civilian crew into space has landed on Earth after three days in orbit.
The four amateur astronauts circled the planet every 90 minutes at a speed of over 17,000 mph and at an altitude of 360 miles – higher than the International Space Station and the Hubble Telescope – while in space.
Their dragon capsule was safely parachuted into the ocean just before sunset Saturday, off the coast of Florida where the private flight began three days ago.
Commander Jared Isaacman, Pilot Sian Proctor, Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux and Mission Specialist Chris Sembrosk took part in the Inspiration4 mission, making them the first to fly around the world without a professional astronaut.
“Your mission has shown the world that space is for all of us,” SpaceX Mission Control said.
Mr. Isaacman, a billionaire, paid undisclosed millions for the trip for himself and his three guests.
The group wanted to show that ordinary people could get into orbit on their own, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk took them as the first tourists to ride the company’s rockets.