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SpaceX Pilot’s Breathtaking View of Australia Through Inspiration4’s Dome Window

When you’re sitting with your head poking out the top of a rocket some 585 kilometres outside the earth atmosphere, the view can be pretty amazing. Add the white sand of Australia and the bordering crystal clear water of the Gulf of Carpentaria and it’s simply breathtaking. Just ask SpaceX Inpiration4 pilot Chris “Hanks” Sembroski, the lucky man who got to spend his morning staring at our beautiful country from the new ‘Cupola’ dome window at the top of Inspiration4.

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These are the first images recorded from inside the dome window, and it makes the 3860-kilometre wide continent look minuscule from such heights. We can’t even begin to imagine the sensation of floating above the earth – incredible yet so fragile – we’re sure videos will never do it justice.

Chris is looking at the Gulf of Carpentaria, Weipa and the tip of Queensland at the bottom and Nhulenbuy in the Northern Territory to the top. You might just make out the bigger islands in the lighter blue water area which are listed from left to right as Bentinck, Wellesley and Groote.

Flat earthers are probably going pretty nuts trying to explain the spectacular curvature of the earth from this video. And keen-eyed photographers have already started figuring out the best way to shoot earth from such a distance without the glare from the cockpit as seen in this video. All we know, this is sure to be the first of many videos to come as Inspiration4 explores earth from 585 kilometres outside the atmosphere. Let’s take in the view for the tenth time.

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Image: @ChrisSembroski

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the sneaker, automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Staff Writers role at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employs a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.