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 'The best ride of my life,' says mission pilot after 3-day all-citizen space journey



In her words, Sian Proctor, the pilot of the world's first all-civilian house mission, had the "best ride" of her life when she touched down on the surface of the planet after a three-day journey to Earth's orbit on board a SpaceX capsule.


The SpaceX capsule successfully completed the historic orbital mission on Sunday, despite the absence of any skilled astronauts on board. Proctor, 51, was the mission pilot, working alongside mission commander Jared Isaacman, a billionaire who provided the funding for the crew's journey to the International Space Station.


“It was the best ride of my life! Thank you to @SpaceX and @elonmusk for their contributions! After landing, she took to Twitter, tagging SpaceX founder Elon Musk as her source of inspiration.


“Nothing but #gratitude!! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our mission and who has encouraged and supported us throughout this historic journey,” she said in a tweet retweeting an Inspiration4 video showing the four crewmembers aboard the space capsule.


In another tweet, which included a photograph of her exiting the space capsule, she wrote, "We did it!!"


Proctor claims on her website that she has been selected to be the pilot of the house mission in 2021.


“Before I became an astronaut, I was an analog astronaut,” says the astronaut. Astronauts working on analog missions conduct a wide range of research, including human physiology and psychology studies, crew cohesion studies, physical activity studies, and nutritional studies, in addition to testing cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering applications,” she says.


The Inspiration4 mission, which was responsible for launching the first all-civilian crew into orbit, also included Isaacman, who had funded the mission with the goal of making space more accessible. Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old nurse, and Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old veteran of the United States Air Force, have been the two different crew members.




According to a video feed provided by the company, the SpaceX capsule splashed into the Atlantic Ocean at 2306 GMT after being slowed down by four massive parachute deployments, according to the news agency Agence France Presse. Following its launch at 0002 GMT on Thursday, the capsule remained in orbit for three days, circling the globe more than 15 times per day and remaining in orbit for three days.


Just moments after touchdown, Isaacman stated that the journey had been "a hell of a ride for us," and that "we're just getting started."

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