SpaceX Dragon and Inspiration4 Mission Safely Returns to Earth [VIDEO]

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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:

YouTube video

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.”

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