SpaceX Capsule With 1st All-Civilian Orbital Crew Splashes Down Off Florida

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The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida's coast on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever launched into orbit
Applause was heard from the SpaceX flight control as 1st parachutes were seen deploying

The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida's coast on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, parachuted into the sea around 7 p.m. EDT, shortly before sunset, after an automated re-entry descent, SpaceX said during a live webcast shown on its YouTube channel.

The return from orbit followed a plunge through Earth's atmosphere generating frictional heat that sent temperatures surrounding the outside of the capsule soaring to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,927 degrees Celsius). The astronauts' flight suits are designed to keep them cool if the cabin heats up.

Applause was heard from the SpaceX flight control center in suburban Los Angeles as the first parachutes were seen deploying, slowing the capsule's descent to about 15 miles per hour (24.14 kilometers per hour) before splashdown, and again as the craft hit the water.

Recovery vessels were shown headed toward the water-proof Crew Dragon as it bobbed upright, nose up, in the water.

SpaceX, the private rocketry company founded by Tesla Inc electric automaker CEO Elon Musk, said it should take about an hour to get the crew out of capsule. A…
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