- The historic Inspire 4 mission, launched and operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, returned safely from orbit last month.
- CNBC spoke to Jared Isaacman, the mission’s commander and beneficiary, about the experience.
- “The most impressive moment for me was moonrise,” he said.
The historic Inspire 4 mission, launched and operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, returned safely from orbit last month.
CNBC spoke to Jared Isaacman, the mission’s commander and beneficiary, about the experience. He spent three days in orbit with an Inspiration 4 crew of four in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule — which included pilot Sean Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arsinaux and mission specialist Chris Sambroski — that launched on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.
“The most impressive moment for me was moonrise,” Isaacman said. “It just made me think that we just have to get ourselves in a little bit more gear and get out there.”
The mission’s primary goal was to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur, donated $100 million in addition to purchasing spaceflight, and Musk personally pledged $50 million to St. Jude after the mission. As of Tuesday, Inspiration4 has raised $238.2 million for St. Jude, according to the mission’s website.
Read the question and answer interview with Isaacman below. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity and length.
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How do you describe the feeling of Space Adaptation Syndrome? [a form of motion sickness space travelers experience]?
How was the launch experience, from the moments before the launch to the moment you realized you were in space?
Did you feel any change when weightlessness started?
What does the lack of gravity feel like?
When did you get your first scene from the dragon?
Was each day at a busy time in class?
What’s sleeping in space? Have you had any trouble getting into the habit of sleeping?
Since you were trained to fly a dragon, did you ever take control and fly or re-orient a spacecraft?
Do you have any other regrets from your time in class or wish you had brought other things with you?
What were your favorite moments in space with just yourself and the crew?
How was the experience of reentry and splashdown inside the capsule?
Was there any adjustment from the return to gravity?
When did you learn that Musk has donated $50 million to help push the campaign past its fundraising goal?
What has it been like to go back to “normal” life on Earth?
What would tempt you to go on another spaceflight?
Any other thoughts about your experience?