SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew is having a blast and doing science in orbit (video)

From ultrasounds to ukelele jam periods and house artwork, it seems the Inspiration4 crew is staying busy in orbit. 

The 4 non-public astronauts, who’re at the moment orbiting Earth in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, made a video name to Earth on Friday (Sept. 17) to provide a dwell tour of their spacecraft, showcase their wonderful view and share a few of the science and extracurricular actions they have been doing whereas in house. 

“We have been doing a variety of nice issues right here, like looking the window at Earth,” Jared Isaacman, the billionaire entrepreneur who funded and instructions the Inspiration4 mission, mentioned in the course of the dwell broadcast.

However the Inspiration4 crew did not simply go to house for the views — they’re additionally performing some science experiments, making artwork and jamming out on a ukelele.

Video: Inspiration4’s on-orbit tour of SpaceX Crew Dragon
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The Inspiration4 crew placed a video call to Earth on Sept. 17, 2021.

The Inspiration4 crew positioned a video name to Earth on Sept. 17, 2021. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

“The views, I’ve to say, are out of this world,” Hayley Arceneaux, the mission’s chief medical officer, mentioned as she floated within the Crew Dragon’s specifically put in dome-shaped cupola window. Arceneaux additionally confirmed off an ultrasound system that the crew is utilizing to check how microgravity causes fluids to shift within the human physique.

“We have additionally been taking a number of swabs of various components of our physique to guage the microbiome and the way that adjustments in these three days in house,” Arceneaux mentioned, including that the crew has additionally been taking blood samples and doing cognitive assessments. Arceneaux is a doctor assistant at St. Jude Kids’s Analysis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Inspiration4 mission goals to boost as much as $200 million  in donations for the hospital.

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Chris Sembroski brought a ukelele with him to space.

Chris Sembroski introduced a ukelele with him to house. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)Picture 2 of 4

Sian Proctor shows off art she made while orbiting Earth during the Inspiration4 mission.

Sian Proctor exhibits off artwork she made whereas orbiting Earth in the course of the Inspiration4 mission. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)Picture 3 of 4

Sian Proctor holds up a bag of metallic markers that she brought to space to make art in orbit.

Sian Proctor holds up a bag of metallic markers that she delivered to house to make artwork in orbit. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)Picture 4 of 4

Hayley Arceneaux holds an ultrasound device that the Inspiration4 crew has used for research in space.

Hayley Arceneaux holds an ultrasound system that the Inspiration4 crew has used for analysis in house. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

Sian Proctor, the mission’s pilot and an Afrofuturism artist, spent a while drawing with metallic markers. “I’ve actually loved studying how one can use markers in house,” she mentioned within the broadcast earlier than displaying off her drawing “of the Dragon capsule being carried by a dragon off of Earth.”

In the meantime Chris Sembroski, the Inspiration 4 mission specialist, has been jamming on a ukelele that he introduced alongside to house. “One other factor that we have been doing on this entire mission identical to Si confirmed off is, as a result of we’re making an attempt to open the frontier for extra individuals and open up house to extra people, we’ll be bringing extra of our humanities with us … together with artwork and music,” Sembroski mentioned earlier than enjoying slightly tune on his ukelele.

Earlier than making this publicly broadcast name on Friday, the Inspiration4 crew made some non-public calls to Earth. For instance, in line with a tweet from the official Inspiration4 mission account, the crew additionally spoke with actor Tom Cruise from orbit. The crew additionally had a video convention with kids who’re sufferers at St. Jude, and St. Jude launched a video of the decision on Friday.

Isaacman, Arceneaux, Proctor and Sembroski will wrap up their three-day house mission this weekend with a splashdown off the coast of Florida. They’re at the moment scheduled to splash down Saturday (Sept. 18) at 7:06 p.m. EDT (2306 GMT), in line with an replace from SpaceX. You’ll be able to comply with the crew’s return and watch the splashdown dwell right here on 

E-mail Hanneke Weitering at or comply with her @hannekescience. Observe us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Fb. 

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