The return to sea, off Pensacola, ends the first manned mission entrusted by NASA to the private sector. The stakes for Elon Musk remain high.
The return to Earth (in this case at sea off Florida), this Sunday evening of the “Crew Dragon” space capsule, launched last May by the salvageable SpaceX rocket of billionaire Elon Musk, appears to be an exploit comparable to first launch of this private launcher or its first successful docking with the International Space Station (ISS). It has been 45 years since a space capsule was recovered at sea.
At 8:48 p.m., NASA was able to announce that the capsule parachutes after the successful clash with a re-entry into the atmosphere, preserving its structure thanks to the thermal protection of a shield resistant to 1,900 degrees. A few seconds later, NASA confirmed the landing of the “two private astronauts”
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