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SpaceX unveils dome on Dragon spacecraft to allow astronauts to enjoy views of Earth from orbit 

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Zoom with a view! Elon Musk’s SpaceX unveils new DOME on its Dragon spacecraft that will allow astronauts to enjoy stunning panoramas of Earth from orbit during its first civilian flight

  • SpaceX showed a new photo of the glass dome for astronauts on the upcoming Inspiration4 mission to view space
  • The dome will give the four a panoramic view of space later this month
  • The custom Crew Dragon craft aims for an altitude of 335 miles
  • SpaceX will attempt to launch the three-day September 15 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida










SpaceX showed a new photo of the glass dome from which ordinary people can view space in the upcoming civilian Inspiration4 mission.

The window, known as a dome, gives the four astronauts on the first all-civilian mission in orbit a panoramic view of space in the modified Crew Dragon craft.

Those four crew members “visited the flight hardware Cupola in California before it was shipped to Florida for integration with Dragon Resilience,” Inspiration4 said in a tweet Wednesday evening.

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Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman (above) is the crew commander

SpaceX showed a new photo of the glass dome that people will view space from every day in the upcoming Inspiration4 mission, later this month

Hayley Arceneaux Will Be The First Bone Cancer Survivor To Travel To Space

dr.  Sian 'Leo' Proctor is an explorer, geoscientist-astronaut

Arceneaux was added to the team in February, while Proctor was announced in March

The four members are 29-year-old St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, pilot Dr. Sian ‘Lee’ Proctor, US Air Force veteran Christopher Sembroski and Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman.

An ‘accomplished jet fighter pilot’ according to Inspiration4’s websiteIsaacman, the mission commander, is financing the trip in a private deal with SpaceX.

He is also trying to raise awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and help it meet its $200 million funding goal, half of which will come from him.

In February, Inspiration4 ran a Super Bowl ad to draw attention to the journey and research being done by St. Jude’s.

Proctor and Sembroski were announced in March, while Arceneaux was named to the mission shortly after the ad aired in February.

Arceneaux will be the first bone cancer survivor to travel to space.

SpaceX will attempt to launch the Crew Dragon Resilience from a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 15.

Unlike the flights made by Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos earlier this summer, this flight of Musk's SpaceX will go into orbit.

Unlike the flights made by Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos earlier this summer, this flight of Musk’s SpaceX will go into orbit.

The Inspiration4 mission

The mission, called Inspiration4, is primarily designed to raise awareness and support for the pediatric cancer center, which Arceneaux successfully treated for bone cancer when she was a child.

While this isn’t the first time civilians have traveled to space, it’s the first mission to be manned solely by civilians.

The team of four, led by Isaacman, will be launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket during its journey.

Dragon will orbit the Earth for only three days and complete one orbit every 90 minutes along a modified flight path while traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour.

Progress will be closely monitored at every step by SpaceX mission control.

Unlike the flights made by Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos earlier this summer, this flight of Musk’s SpaceX will go into orbit.

It aims for an altitude of 335 miles, 75 miles higher than the International Space Station and on par with the Hubble Space Telescope.

SpaceX’s other Dragon capsules have docking capabilities at the top of the nose cone to allow it to merge with the ISS.

Because Inspiration4 doesn’t go to the ISS and stay in orbit, engineers were able to tweak the design.

The craft bathroom will also be near the dome, with Isaacman saying in March, “When people inevitably have to go to the bathroom, they have a great view.”

When SpaceX first showed the glass dome in March, CEO Elon Musk said the window would give the crew the “probably the most ‘out-of-space’ … feeling” they could have in a glass dome.

Dragon will orbit the Earth for just three days, completing one orbit every 90 minutes along a modified flight path while traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour.

Its progress will be closely monitored at every step by SpaceX mission control, and upon completion, the spacecraft will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere off the coast of Florida.

The Inspiration4 crew has received commercial astronaut training from SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft, orbital mechanics, operating in low gravity and other forms of stress testing before embarking on a journey.

When SpaceX first showed the glass dome in March, CEO Elon Musk said the window would give the crew the

When SpaceX first showed the glass dome in March, CEO Elon Musk said the window would give the crew the “probably the most ‘out-of-space’ … feeling” they could have in a glass dome.

“There will be several months of training,” Isaacman previously told DailyMail.com.

Last month, Arceneaux gave details about her training, including centrifuge training, studying and “spending a lot of time in the simulator.”

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