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Resilience successfully splashes down in Gulf of Mexico

Resilience May 1, 2021 returning to Earth

Capitalism in space: SpaceX’s Resilience capsule successfully splashed down tonight in Gulf of Mexico, returning four astronauts from a six month mission on ISS.

The infrared image to the right was taken from an airplane, just after the main parachutes deployed.

They are presently in the process of recovering the capsule and crew, which will take another hour or so. You can watch SpaceX’s live stream here.

Resilience’s next flight will be the first entirely commercial manned orbital flight, presently scheduled for September 15, 2021. Dubbed Inspiration4, it will carry four private passengers for a flight of two to four days. They will not dock with ISS, but instead orbit the Earth freely. SpaceX will also replace the docking port on Resilience with a domed cupola to provide the passengers more room and a great view during their flight.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Willi

    The first crewman was rather peppy coming out of Dragon. I was disappointed that coverage of the egress was cut off after that.

  • Ray Van Dune

    I assume it was a concern about privacy, in the event one or more crew became visibly ill, although there were repeated public assurances that everyone felt great.

    Astronaut Judith Resnick, though not African-American, sported a large ‘fro hairdo, which became ensnarled in an apparatus on board the shuttle. She told the rest of the crew that if they reported it, she would kill them all! It was never contemporaneously reported.

    Judith, by all accounts a wonderful lady, later perished on board the Challenger.

  • David Eastman

    I was impressed with how quickly it all went, it was something like 6 hours from undock to astronauts out of the capsule, MUCH faster than last time.

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