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SpaceX's Inspiration4 crew makes evening splashdown. Photo courtesy of Inspiration4 (@Inspiration4x) twitter

SpaceX’s Inspiration4 capsule carrying civilians returned to Earth via splashdown into the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s coast on Saturday evening, 18 September.

The three-day journey marked the history of the first privately funded space mission with non-astronauts onboard.

The spacecraft used two sets of parachutes to slow down its descent before swooshing down off the coast of Florida, where recovery ships were waiting.

SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew members are Hayley Arceneaux, a cancer survivor; Chris Sembroski, winner of a slot by raffle; Jared Isaacman, a billionaire; and Sian Proctor, a geoscientist.

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