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Tech billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter to reveal that there were "challenges" with the toilet during SpaceX's first entirely private trip to space and promised upgrades for future missions. "Definitely upgraded toilets :) We had some challenges with it this flight," Musk said in a tweet, answering questions from Twitter users. He did not elaborate on what these challenges were or how exactly the toilets would be upgraded. SpaceX's CEO recently said that next time the Dragon spacecraft will have a food warmer and free WiFi.
After spending three days in orbit, the world's first civilian mission of SpaceX's Inspiration4 returned to Earth on Sunday. The crew, onboard the Dragon spacecraft, re-entered Earth's atmosphere for soft water landing off the coast of Florida at 7.06 p.m. EDT (4.36 a.m. Sunday India time). The mission lifted off to orbit aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft on last Wednesday (India time Thursday).
It was commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman and joined by Medical Officer Haley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St Jude Children's Research Hospital and pediatric cancer survivor, Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer, and Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and trained pilot. The fully automated Dragon capsule reached an unusually high altitude of 585 km, surpassing the International Space Station by 160 km. The Dragon's dome window, inspired by the Cupola on the ISSl provided the crew with incredible views of Earth. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: SpaceX, Elon Musk, Inspiration 4, cancer, children, astronaut, space
Inspiration4 is the first human spacecraft to revolve around the Earth with just private people on board. The mission created awareness about the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and raised funds to support the expansion of St. Jude's childhood cancer research programme. Inspiration4 is headed by Jared Isaacman, the CEO of Shift4 Payments, who has over a decade of expertise as a pilot, including training in military aircraft.
Isaacman arranged for the trip and its four seats by SpaceX, with two of the seats being given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Hayley Arceneaux, a medical assistant at the hospital who is also a bone cancer survivor, is chosen by the hospital to go on the trip. The second ticket was given away as part of a drive titled St. Jude Mission: Inspired, which raised US$200 million for the hospital. An unidentified person won the seat from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University. For personal reasons, he chose to donate the seat to his friend, U.S. Air Force veteran Christopher Sembroski, who was also one of the 72,000 people who entered the raffle. In a competition patterned like "Shark Tank," Shift4 Payments chose entrepreneur Sian Proctor to join them on the trip.
During the three-day trip, no professional astronauts will be on board, making it the first time this has happened. | Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash
During the three-day trip, no professional astronauts will be on board, making it the first time this has happened. According to Wikipedia, all four crew members received commercial astronaut training by SpaceX, which encompassed lessons in orbital mechanics, operating in a microgravity environment, stress testing, emergency preparedness training, and mission simulations. Additionally, the crew completed over 90 different training programmes and practised what to do in the case of an emergency while in orbit. The drills included spending 30 consecutive hours in the simulator, going through various anomalies that might occur during their trip.
A five-episode television series, Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space, will be shown on Netflix in September 2021 as part of the mission documentation. Although early space tourism flights may be beyond the grasp of all but the wealthiest of individuals, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk believes that these pioneering missions will lay the foundation for more frequent and cheaper journeys to space in the future. If the Inspiration4 mission is successful, it will be a milestone moment in the history of space travel.
Keywords: SpaceX, Elon Musk, Inspiration 4, cancer, children, astronaut, space
Rock band Kings of Leon's new single 'Time in Disguise' is making history as the first music NFT to be played in space. On September 15, 'Inspiration4' will make history as the first all-civilian mission to orbit the earth, as a crew member will include the first-ever minted NFT song to be played in space.
The band announced on its Instagram page on Thursday night, "A live recording of our new single 'Time in Disguise' is making history as the first music NFT to be played in space. Created using live show visuals designed by Daniel Davison for Night After Night plus a live recording from our hometown show in Nashville on August 13, this NFT will be played by a crew member of the Inspiration4 - the first all-civilian mission to orbit the Earth - before being auctioned off to benefit @StJude Children's Research Hospital through their @MusicGives to St. Jude kids program."
he band is making history yet again with its never-before-released performance of 'Time in Disguise' Photo by Rocco Dipoppa on Unsplash
The song was created by Kings of Leon, which in March released its latest album, 'When You See Yourself', as an NFT, marking the first time fans were able to purchase an album on blockchain (through the band's 'NFT Yourself' collection of non-fungible tokens) on the same day it arrived on streaming platforms. 'When You See Yourself', released on RCA, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top Rock albums chart.
The band is making history yet again with its never-before-released performance of 'Time in Disguise', which will be played in orbit by Hayley Arceneaux, Inspiration4's medical officer, who, at 29, will be the youngest American, first pediatric cancer survivor and first person with a prosthesis to travel to space, according to Billboard.com. The exclusive live recording from Kings of Leon recorded to become an NFT through YellowHeart's blockchain technology as part of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program is one of several items up for auction on September 9 in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and its $200 million fundraising effort for Inspiration4. The auction will run through November.
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill with their cousin Matthew Followill. The band's early music was a blend of Southern rock and garage rock with blues influences, but it has gradually evolved through the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound.
(Article originally published at IANSlife) (IANS/SS)
Keywords: music, singer, nft, space, band
NASA confirmed Monday that its Perseverance Mars rover succeeded in collecting its first rock sample for scientists to pore over when a future mission eventually brings it back to Earth.
"I've got it!" the space agency tweeted, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube.
The sample was collected on September 1, but NASA was initially unsure whether the rover had successfully held onto its precious cargo, because initial images taken in poor light were unclear. After taking a new photo so mission control could verify its contents, Perseverance transferred the tube to the rover's interior for further measurements and imaging, then hermetically sealed the container.
"This is a momentous achievement, and I can't wait to see the incredible discoveries produced by Perseverance and our team," NASA administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science, likened the achievement to the first samples of rock taken from the Moon, which are still invaluable to researchers today. Perseverance's sampling and caching system is the most complex mechanism ever sent to space, with more than 3,000 parts.
Perseverance uses a drill and a hollow coring bit at the end of its 2-meter-long (7-foot-long) robotic arm to extract samples. Photo by NASA on Unsplash
Its first target was a briefcase-sized rock nicknamed "Rochette" from a ridgeline that is particularly interesting from a geological perspective as it contains ancient layers of exposed bedrock.
Perseverance uses a drill and a hollow coring bit at the end of its 2-meter-long (7-foot-long) robotic arm to extract samples. Perseverance landed on an ancient lakebed called the Jezero Crater in February, on a mission to search for signs of ancient microbial life using a suite of sophisticated instruments mounted on its turret. It is also trying to better characterize the red planet's geology and past climate.
The first part of the rover's science mission, which will last hundreds of sols or Martian days, will be complete when it returns to its landing site. By then, it will have traveled somewhere between 2.5 and 5 kilometers (1.6 and 3.1 miles) and may have filled up to eight of its 43 sample tubes.
It will then travel to Jezero Crater's delta region, which might be rich in clay minerals. On Earth, such minerals can preserve fossilized signs of ancient microscopic life. Eventually NASA wants to send back the samples taken by the rover in a joint mission with the European Space Agency, sometime in the 2030s. Its first attempt at taking a sample in August failed after the rock was too crumbly to withstand the robot's drill.
keywords: NASA, European Space Agency, Jezero Crater, Martian, Bill Nelson