The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carryingNASA astronautsNicole Mann and Josh Cassada, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina on their return to Earth after a nearly six-month science mission completed its deorbit burn as expected before the splashdown at approximately 9:02 pm EST in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida.
Four minutes before splashdown, the drogue parachutes deploy at about 18,000 feet in altitude as the Dragon moves at about 350 miles per hour, and less than a minute later, the main parachutes deploy at about about 6,000 feet in altitude as the spacecraft moves at about 119 miles per hour.
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