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A New Way to Catch a Beautiful Glimpse of Earth from Space

SpaceX’s Dragon Cupola is the Ultimate Visual Treat for Astronauts.

SpaceX Dragon or Dragon 1 is a reusable cargo spacecraft made by SpaceX. The dragon has launched into orbit to resupply the international space station. Recently, SpaceX has been preparing for a private spaceflight called Inspiration4. Launching on 15th September, this spaceflight will be an all-civilian space mission. This spaceflight will last for about three days. The SpaceX Dragon will be carrying ‘everyday people’ to orbit. Inspiration4 will go down into history as the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit. The fascinating fact about Inspiration4 is that the person financing this mission is the same person who will command this mission, Jared Isaacman. The crew includes childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, aerospace industry professional Chris Sembroski and geoscientist Sian Proctor.

The CEO of SpaceX made some changes in SpaceX’s Dragon to give the crew a truly out-of-this-world experience. Spacecrafts contain a docking mechanism at the nose cone, which is necessary for spacecraft whose mission is to reach the International Space station. However, 

Inspiration4 only intends to orbit space for a couple of days. It may sound like a regular technical thing to ordinary people except, the brilliant minds at SpaceX took this as an opportunity to create something extraordinary. Recently, Elon Musk announced that they replaced the docking port with a dome glass window which appears as an inverted fishbowl. This window is called a Cupola, which will allow astronauts to enjoy the incredible 360-degree view of the Earth. 

Mission Commander Jared Issacman has quoted the glass Cupola to be an engineering marvel. Moreover, the founder of SpaceX himself described it as “probably most in space you could feel by being in a glass dome.” This cupola-equipped spacecraft will launch on its historical flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket.

It will be a completely distinct yet extraordinary experience for astronauts. They won’t have to peek through the flat windows anymore to catch a glimpse of the Earth’s fragments. Now, thanks to the Cupola, they can enjoy the view of Earth without any difficulty. 

Written by: Sabeen Khalid

Reported by: Imaaz Nadeem

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