Second regular SpaceX mission to ISS returned to Earth

15:12, 09 November 2021
Second regular SpaceX mission to ISS returned to Earth Photo: Aubrey Gemignani/Consolidated News Photos/Global Look Press

NASA and ESA astronauts Megan MacArthur, Shane Kimbro, and Thomas Peske, as well as Japan's Akihiko Hoshide spent 199 days on the International Space Station (ISS) and landed off the coast of Florida on Tuesday.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft of the American company SpaceX splashed down on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, 8 hours later undocking from the ISS. Thus, the company has successfully completed its second regular mission to the space station.

The landing of the spacecraft vehicle, dubbed Endeavour, was broadcasted by a NASA webcast.

“Endeavour, on behalf of SpaceX, welcome home to planet Earth,” a voice from the SpaceX flight control center confirmed the landing.

One of the four main parachutes of the Crew Dragon-2 spacecraft didn’t immediately open during landing, it follows from the NASA video broadcast.

The capsule descended on three parachutes for a while as only about 30 seconds later, the fourth parachute opened and the capsule successfully landed at the sea.

The NASA officials and the spacecraft developer SpaceX during the live broadcast indicated that the inflation level of all four parachutes was normal, and the descent speed of the spacecraft was regular.

The Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Petr Dubov, as well as NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai, continue to work onboard the ISS.

On September 19, the four passengers of the first all-civilian Spacex flight Inspiration4 successfully returned to planet Earth after three days in space.