Four private astronauts on the Inspire Four mission received the Astronaut Wing Medal from Space Exploration's headquarters in Hawthorne, California
SpaceX, Oct. 3 (AP) - Four private space travelers who flew into orbit last month on SpaceX's historic Inspire Four mission have officially received their own astronaut wing medals. They were awarded medals on October 1 at an event at Space Exploration's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The civilian crew entered orbit on September 15 aboard the space exploration company's Manned Dragon spacecraft and returned to Earth three days later.
Hayley Middot, the medical officer on the mission, tweeted on October 2nd, "We received our Space Exploration Company Astronaut Wing Medal yesterday" and "As a beautiful symbol of our trip, it means everything to me!" Besides, if I look like I'm crying, it's none of your business."
It's not just Arsenault who is in high spirits. As a mission pilot, Earth scientist and space communicator Sian Middot, Proctor also tweeted that she cried when she received the medal.
Space Exploration's Astronaut Wing Medal is a brooch, with a "manned dragon" spacecraft in the middle, with a tap and dragon wing on the side. The back of the medal is engraved with the name, call sign and mission duties of each crew member.
Space Exploration awarded the astronaut wing medal to four private astronauts
"Inspire the Four" is a commercial space mission funded by entrepreneur and billionaire Jared Middot; Isaacman. He bought four seats on the ship and donated three of them to raise money for children's cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and raise awareness of it.
Also on the flight was aerospace data engineer Chris Middot and Sambrosky. The four made up the first all-civilian flying crew, excluding professional astronauts. Space Exploration's invitation to its headquarters was supposed to share their experience of flying in the sky, and the award of the medal was an apparent surprise to the four.