The first all-civilian crew to visit space received quite the welcome home gift shortly after successfully completing their three-day mission aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.
SpaceX founder, CEO and chief engineer Elon Musk tweeted soon after the Inspiration4 crew splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast that he is personally gifting $50 million toward the amateur flight crew’s $200 million fundraising goal to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“Count me in for $50m,” Musk wrote, in response to a tweet from the four-person crew that they were: “Happy. Healthy. Home.” The crew had asked the public in their tweet for help reaching their $200 million fundraising target.
Jared Isaacman, the billionaire entrepreneur and commander of the mission, paid SpaceX undisclosed millions for the trip and ponied up the first $100 million of Inspiration4′s $200 million goal.
Inspiration4 Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a St. Jude physician assistant who was treated at the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital nearly two decades ago for bone cancer, praised Musk’s donation.
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