Elon Musk commits $50M to St. Jude fundraiser after Inspiration4 crew completes space flight

The first all-civilian crew to visit space received quite the welcome home gift shortly after successfully completing their three-day mission aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

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SpaceX founder, CEO and chief engineer Elon Musk tweeted soon after the Inspiration4 crew splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast that he is personally gifting $50 million toward the amateur flight crew’s $200 million fundraising goal to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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“Count me in for $50m,” Musk wrote, in response to a tweet from the four-person crew that they were: “Happy. Healthy. Home.” The crew had asked the public in their tweet for help reaching their $200 million fundraising target.

Jared Isaacman, the billionaire entrepreneur and commander of the mission, paid SpaceX undisclosed millions for the trip and ponied up the first $100 million of Inspiration4′s $200 million goal.

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Inspiration4 Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a St. Jude physician assistant who was treated at the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital nearly two decades ago for bone cancer, praised Musk’s donation.


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