NASA TV posted raw video of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashing into the Atlantic Ocean earlier today, and it’s truly a sight to behold. This particular craft was unmanned, but it’s theoretically capable of carrying human beings into space and then returning them to Earth, marking a huge milestone in private spaceflight.
“This is an amazing achievement in American history,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on NASA TV, per the New York Times.
The video shows the craft gliding smoothly downward, its descent cushioned by four red-and-white parachutes, only to plunge safely into the water. Again, no one was in there, but you can just imagine what it might be like to be inside as it makes contact with the planet.
In other words, if SpaceX or another private company is successful in launching a space tourism service one day—and if you happen to be rich enough to be able to afford it—this is how the end of your trip could look.
SINCE YOU’RE HERE…
… we have a small favour to ask. Hurn Publications is editorially independent, meaning we set our own agenda. Our journalism is free from commercial bias and not influenced by billionaire owners, politicians or shareholders. No one edits our editor. No one steers our opinion. This is important because it enables us to give a voice to the voiceless, challenge the powerful and hold them to account. It’s what makes us different to so many others in the media, at a time when factual, honest reporting is critical.
If everyone who reads our reporting and writing, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. We ask that you follow us and subscribe to our publication.