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For SpaceX tourists, a 5-star trip (except restrooms)

On September 15, after three days of taking the most expensive tours of Earth in history, the first four tourists carried by SpaceX and their Dragon capsule landed without incident or disturbance off the coast of Florida, after receiving calls. particularly from Tom. Cruise or U2 Bonus, and saw Mel Brooks’ Mad Space Story on the turbulent descent.

“It was an incredible journey for us,” commented the Inspiration4 commander and, incidentally, its billionaire financier Jared Isaacman, once back on rocky ground. “It was a clean mission from start to finish,” said Benji Reed, who handles human spaceflight for Elon Musk’s company.

Own? Almost. It appears the crew, whose weightless pilgrimages still cost around $ 200 million (€ 170 million), suffered the same smelly and repulsive inconveniences as penniless tourists in a vulgar hotel. , they fought to fulfill their function.

Houston we got a bouchon

The problem apparently came from the mechanism that allowed small and large commissions to escape their terrible fate: in short, the toilets were clogged.

As Space.com specifies, the Dragon capsule is generally intended to transport (no pun intended) astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), a journey that takes just twenty-four hours. This is far from the three days the four stellar tourists spent in orbit, and anything that may come of it.

Another mild bathroom-related disappointment for the Inspiration4 crew: impossible, as Isaacman had argued before the flight, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the blue planet as it explodes, which would have been a significant plus for this expensive human adventure.

The use of the small space corner, placed near the dome as a substitute for tourist flights of the usual docking system to the ISS, required the closing of a hatch that, in fact, blocked the dream view. How many fewer stars on Trip Advisor?

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