September 23 (Reuters) – Days after completing his historic trip to space as part of the first all-civilian crew to reach Earth orbit, billionaire e-commerce mogul and mission commander Jared Isaacman is back at home him and unexpectedly quarantined.
“I came back to Earth with a house full of COVID,” Isaacman, 38, said in an interview from his home in Easton, Pa. On Thursday, five days after he and his Inspiration4 teammates splashed around. security in the Atlantic. Read more
Isaacman said his wife, their two daughters, aged 5 and 7, and his in-laws all fell with COVID-19 upon their return from Florida, where the family stayed the days before, during and after the flight. space and were apparently exposed to the virus.
So far, Isaacman said, he has yet to test positive.
Florida has seen some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country in a recent spate of cases triggered by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
For Isaacman, the latest home lockdown comes as an unforeseen redux.
âWe were all in quarantine, my wife, kids and I, before launch under normal launch protocols, and in orbit, quarantine is on hold at that point. And, you know, I guess. that you are a lot of people at the launch and re-entry events and it looks like we have a little bit of COVID in the house right now. â
Isaacman said none of his family has fallen seriously ill, despite showing symptoms.
He said all adults in his family were fully vaccinated before their trip to Cape Canaveral, where the SpaceX rocket he flew on took off from the Kennedy Space Center. The family also spent time in Orlando before returning home earlier this week.
Isaacman, founder and managing director of financial transactions service Shift4 Payments (FOUR.N), said he is always “dealing” with his space flight experience. But he recalled that seeing the moon rise above Earth from orbit was a highlight of the three-day expedition.
âIt just made me thinkâ¦ we have to keep turning science fiction into reality,â he said. “We have to go back to the space station and go back to the Moon and Mars and beyond, because there is a lot of space there and we know so little about it.”
Isaacman, a jet pilot with thousands of flight hours under his belt, designed the mission primarily to raise awareness and donate for the St. Jude Children’s Research Center, a leading cancer institute in Tennessee.
In addition to paying SpaceX for the four seats aboard the Crew Dragon – Isaacman refused to disclose the sum but insisted it was well below the $ 200 million reported by Time magazine – he paid $ 100 million. dollars of his own money in St. Jude.
He said a $ 50 million pledge from SpaceX founder and fellow billionaire Elon Musk right after the water landing placed the charity campaign above its $ 200 million goal and was “the most touching point for me”.
Isaacman said the campaign is on track to raise $ 250 million for the hospital, where her teammate Hayley Arcenenaux, 29, a childhood bone cancer survivor, was once a patient and now works as a medical assistant.
The crew was completed by geoscientist and former NASA astronaut candidate Sian Proctor, 51, and aerospace data engineer and Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski, 42.
Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Leslie Adler
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