SpaceX Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew is returning to Earth and has just successfully deployed its four main parachutes!
“After three days on-orbit, Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew – the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit – will return to Earth on September 18, splashing down at approximately 7:06 p.m. EDT in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.”
Check out the live video in progress below:
There were two goals of this mission, which saw the first all-civilian crew sent into space. The first was to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, while the second goal was to complete scientific research “designed to advance human health on Earth and during future long-duration spaceflights.”
— Tony Bela – Infographic news (@InfographicTony) September 18, 2021
As for the Dragon splash down timeline, check out the approximate times below in Eastern Daylight Time for Saturday, September 18:
- 5:32 a.m. – Forward hatch close
- 6:11 p.m. – Trunk jettison
- 6:16 p.m. – Deorbit burn start
- 6:31 p.m – Deorbit burn end
- 6:35 p.m. – Nosecone closed
- 7:02 p.m. – Drogues parachutes deploy
- 7:03 p.m. – Main parachutes deploy
- 7:06 p.m. – Dragon splashdown
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