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Relive the final descent of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft

Posted On: 5 Aug 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

Relive the final descent of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft

A video from SpaceX shows the company's Crew Dragon capsule plunging toward the Gulf of Mexico, then unfurling a series of parachutes to slow the spaceship carrying two NASA astronauts from 350 mph to a relatively gentle 15 mph for splashdown Sunday.
Tracking footage of Crew Dragon's descent, parachute deployments and splashdown pic.twitter.com/pzbm1iXCC6
- SpaceX August 4, 2020
The dramatic tracking video released by SpaceX late Monday shows the capsule deploying two drogue chutes at an altitude of around 18,000 feet, or 5,500 meters, while moving at about 350 mph, or more than 560 kilometers per hour.
Moments later, four giant orange and white main parachutes fired out of mortars on the side of the Crew Dragon capsule at an altitude of 6,000 feet , then began opening to their full size to slow the spaceship from 119 mph to around 15 mph before splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico around 34 miles off the coast of Florida...

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