SpaceX’s Inspiration 4, the first civilian all-private mission crew to get into orbit, performed a weightless backflip and played the ukulele live from space.
On YouTube’s live stream, data engineer Chris Sembroski, 42, played a riff as the Dragon Spacecraft flew over Europe at about 17,500 miles per hour.
“You can turn down the volume if you want, but I’ll give it a try,” he told the viewer.
Funded by Jared Isaacman, the founder of Shift4Payments billionaire, four passengers spent three days in Earth’s orbit.
Isaacman, along with Sembrosky, Sian Proctor and Heyri Arseno, was launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
They spent months training SpaceX employees for travel, learning everything from microgravity manipulation to orbital mechanics.
Science communicator Proctor, 51, showed a picture he drew while aboard the spacecraft, and doctor’s assistant, Arseno, 29, flipped during a show and tell session.
Ms. Proctor said: She has been spinning since the moment we got on track. “
She added that she could see the aurora lights appearing from the orbit.
Isaacman reportedly paid about £ 146m for SpaceX, which was founded by Elon Musk, and said he would donate half of it to the St. Jude Children’s Research Center in Tennessee.
Arseno works at the center and was treated for cancer as a child.
According to SpaceX, the crew will return on Saturday, with a splashdown set shortly after 11:00 pm (GMT) in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.
This mission represents another turning point in the space travel market after Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos of Billionaire jumped over the Earth’s atmosphere on their spacecraft earlier this year.