SpaceX's all-civilian mission to space didn't just make history, it produced some visually stunning photos and videos as well.
An astronaut-less Falcon 9 rocket blasted off into the night sky on Wednesday, dazzling the crowds of spectators that came to watch the launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The crew's three-day journey took them in orbit around Earth at a higher elevation than the International Space Station and ended with a splash down into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida Saturday.
The Inspiration4 mission crew, made up of civilians Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Sian Proctor, was all smiles upon returning to Earth.
The mission, paid for by Isaacman was billed as a massive fundraising effort for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
One of the jaw-dropping sights to come out of the mission: a sunset shot of Earth taken from the Crew Dragon capsule's cupola.
Later on in the mission, the crew members got to spend some time in cupola. Sembroski snapped a few of his own pictures of our planet.
From a picturesque nighttime launch to a successful splashdown, the visuals from SpaceX's historic mission did not disappoint.
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