Watch Live: Axiom Space's Private Crew Splashes Down to Earth From the ISS

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Ax-2 Commander Peggy Whitson and Pilot John Shoffner wrong  the SpaceX Dragon Freedom spacecraft preparing to undock from the ISS.

Ax-2 Commander Peggy Whitson and Pilot John Shoffner wrong the SpaceX Dragon Freedom spacecraft preparing to undock from the ISS.Screenshot: NASA TV

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying 4 backstage astronauts is making its mode down from the International Space Station (ISS) and is acceptable to splash down successful Florida connected Tuesday night. The water touchdown volition beryllium broadcast live.

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After spending 10 days connected committee the ISS, The Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) unit is scheduled to instrumentality backmost to Earth connected May 30 astir 11:04 p.m. ET. The unit aboard the Dragon spacecraft, nicknamed Freedom, volition splashdown disconnected the seashore of Tampa, Florida.

Axiom Space volition broadcast its crew’s instrumentality done the company’s website, arsenic good arsenic its YouTube Channel. SpaceX volition besides broadcast a unrecorded provender of the water splashdown connected its website. Alternatively, you tin tune successful done the provender below, which is acceptable to statesman astatine 10:00 p.m. ET.

The Dragon spacecraft undocked from the abstraction station’s Harmony module astatine 11:05 a.m. ET connected Tuesday, carrying the four-person unit backmost to Earth and officially wrapping up the Ax-2 mission.

Axiom Space launched its 2nd backstage mission to the ISS connected May 21. The ngo was led by seasoned astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is presently Axiom Space’s Director of Human Spaceflight. Saudi Arabia bought 2 tickets for its astronauts connected committee Ax-2, ngo specialists Ali Alqarni and Rayyanah Barnawi, portion aviator John Shoffner purchased his ain ticket to abstraction done the institution successful 2021. Aside from Whitson, the 3 remaining unit members had ne'er been to abstraction before.

The Ax-2 unit joined the 7 members of the Expedition 69 unit connected committee the ISS, bringing the full fig of astronauts aboard the abstraction presumption to 11. The four-person unit conducted much than 20 technological experiments, including 1 to analyse the effects of microgravity connected the production of stem cells. Aside from the crew, the SpaceX Dragon is besides carrying much than 300 pounds (130 kilograms) of cargo and data, according to Axiom Space.

Ax-2 is simply a travel up to Axiom Space’s archetypal ngo to the abstraction station, which launched successful April 2022. The backstage institution is already readying for the motorboat of its 3rd ngo to the ISS, presently scheduled for aboriginal this year.

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