First all-civilian orbital mission returns to Earth: SpaceX

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Published: 2021-09-19 10:15

Last Updated: 2022-12-07 10:07


First all-civilian orbital mission returns to Earth: SpaceX
First all-civilian orbital mission returns to Earth: SpaceX

Saturday evening, four SpaceX tourists landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida after spending three days in space, a live video feed showed, successfully concluding the first orbital mission in history with no professional astronauts on board.

The splashdown took place on time, just after 7:00 pm (2300 GMT).

Four large parachutes slowed the capsule's descent before it landed in the water, where SpaceX boats immediately headed to retrieve it.