Go to space and take a picture of Earth with an iPhone

Crew Dragon

You may not know it, but space tourism has finally passed the stage of guessing. On September 16, the Inspiration4 mission sent four civilians into space, for the first time for commercial purposes.

The astronauts taking part in the flight seem to have enjoyed themselves, including Commander Jared Isaacman, founder of Shift4 Payments. He thus shared striking pictures on his Twitter account, according to him made on the iPhone. We do not know the model to which it refers, but the photos date from before the delivery of the last models announced in September.

A specially designed vessel

It must be said that the context is particularly suitable. By updating the Crew Dragon space shuttle, SpaceX engineers have indeed grafted a glass dome that is reminiscent of the famous Cupola of the ISS. In this way, visitors can then easily discover the environment at 360 degrees with obviously a breathtaking view of our planet. It is said that even the series producers have cracked :

© SpaceX

History does not say whether Apple paid to take advantage of this successful marketing stunt, but it is true that the result is more than effective. Here is another piece of content immortalized by Isaacson, where we can see the module installed on top of the rocket and floating hundreds of kilometers above civilization:

Finally, a seventeen-second video as it passes over Brazil, the fifth country in the world by area:

An activity already criticized

Elon Musk’s goal with SpaceX is above all to save humanity from global warming, by relocating it to Mars. But launching launchers with little scientific ambition can prove to be counterproductive in view of the pollution generated by such journeys.

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In addition, it is Inspiration4 itself which questions because the event took the opportunity to raise funds intended to fight against childhood cancers (for a total amount estimated at two hundred million dollars.). However, only 1% to 2% of all cancers concern the youngest, a figure for example well below the AIDS statistics.



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