SpaceX Inspiration4 crew spoke to TOM CRUISE from their Crew Dragon module

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The four crew members, travelling in a specially outfitted SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, took off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida just after midnight on Thursday, 16 September.
Tom Cruise called for a chat with SpaceX's first all-civilian crew while they were orbiting 360 miles above the Earth during a three day flight.

The four crew members, including billionaire Jared Isaacman, who funded the mission, were travelling in a specially outfitted SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during the mission.

Cruise called in on Thursday, September 16, during their first day, and while no specific details have been revealed, the Inspiration4 Twitter account made reference to his Top Gun call sign, saying 'Maverick, you can be our wingman anytime.'

The actor is in talks with NASA and SpaceX to make his own spaceflight next year, going to the International Space Station to film all or part of an unnamed movie.

The flight was part of a bid to raise $200 million (£146 million) for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, with $100 million donated by Isaacman and the rest coming from other donations, auctions and a media deal with Netflix.

Elon Musk, who saw the crew off on Thursday, announced he would personally donate $50 million (£36 million) to the fundraising efforts.

Inspiration4 crew in in space. They are, from left, Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Sian Proctor

Tom Cruise called the crew during their first day in orbit, and while nothing has been revealed of the conversation, the twitter account referenced his Top Gun callsign 'Maverick'

Inspiration4 launched in the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience on September 16 atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean just before midnight on September 18.

Thursday's conversation with Tom Cruise, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released, with the discussion expected to form part of the next episode of a Netflix series on the first all civilian spaceflight.

Each of the four civilians on Inspiration4 had a call sign: Jared Isaacman (Rook), Hayley Arcenaux (Nova), Dr Sian Proctor (Leo), and Chris…
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