SpaceX's historic Demo-1 mission has come to a successful end. Earlier this morning, the company's new-generation astronaut-ferrying spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, returned to Earth after a glorious maiden voyage to the International Space Station (ISS).
According to NASA, the Crew Dragon capsule touched down at 8:45 a.m. EST, following a flawless re-entry and descent sequence through our planet's atmosphere.
The spacecraft departed the ISS in the early hours of the morning, undocking from the space station's Harmony module at 2:32 a.m. EST. After a six-hour trip through space, the Crew Dragon made it back to Earth and parachuted down to the planet's surface, making an impeccable ocean landing.
Footage released earlier today by the space agency showed the Crew Dragon spacecraft gracefully gliding through the air after the successful deployment of its drogue parachutes – small parachutes that deploy first in order to pull the larger parachutes from their pack – and its four main parachutes.
"We were all very excited to see re-entry, parachute and drogue deploy, main deploy, splashdown – everything happened just perfectly," Benji Reed, director of crew mission management at SpaceX, said in a statement.
"It was right on time, the way that we expected it to be. It was beautiful."