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NASA Crew 2 astronauts returned home from the International Space Stations (ISS) on Monday 8th Nov 2021. As SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule spacecraft re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, it was briefly seen above Starbase, Boca Chica, Texas.

Upon reentry, Dragon Endeavor looked like a yellow burning object flying at high speeds above SpaceX Starbase launch facility. Probably a good way for Dragon to say hi to its next-generation rockets and spaceships at this location.

The team from NASASpaceFlight.com luckily recorded the Dragon reentry burn and flyby as it passed over Starbase. The 24/7 live coverage of Starbase and Starship gave us this gem of a video.

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NASA released photos of the Dragon Endeavor as it was attempting to land in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. From a distance, the Dragon capsule looks like a thin yellow fireball dropping from the sky.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft is seen as it lands with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Aki Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission is the second operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
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Support teams work around the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft shortly after it landed with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Aki Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission is the second operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

The NASA-SpaceX partnership brought back human spaceflght to the United States after more than a decade when Crew 1 was launched to the ISS last year. This was the 2nd time NASA used SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Drag spacecraft to send astronauts to the ISS and bring them safely back to Earth.

After the successful splashdown of Crew 2 Dragon, SpaceX is fully prepared to send the 3rd NASA mission to the ISS. SpaceX is targeting the Crew 3 launch to the ISS aboard the Dragon spacecraft today (Wednesday Nov 10) at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

SpaceX estimates that the weather is 80% favorable for today’s liftoff. Hope all goes well and we enjoy this launch like the ones before.

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Video: SpaceX Crew-2 Capsule coming in over Pensacola.

By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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