SpaceX’s Inspiration4 marks a shift towards privacy for space tourists

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A selfie taken in space by the crew of Inspiration4, including Christopher Sembroski, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor and Hayley Arceneaux

A selfie taken in space by the crew of Inspiration4: Christopher Sembroski, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor and Hayley Arceneaux

Inspiration4 crew

On 18 September, the Dragon spacecraft carrying SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean after three days in orbit. None of the four passengers aboard the flight – which was paid for by billionaire Jared Isaacman – was a government-trained astronaut, a first in the history of orbital space flight. By all accounts, the flight was a resounding success, but some have lamented that, unlike with most …

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