What was that bright light zipping by in the Tuesday night sky?
It wasn’t a meteor, an asteroid or an airplane; it was a SpaceX capsule!
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - If you saw a bright light zipping across the Tuesday evening sky you were not alone. Multiple states across the South had reports of what looked like a very bright meteor or shooting star around 10 p.m. CDT.
That bright object was actually a SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying private Ax-2 astronauts! The capsule was making its return to Earth after a 10-day stay in space, including eight days docked at the International Space Station (ISS).
The capsule and its four astronauts officially splashed down at 10:04 p.m. CDT just off the coast of Panama City Beach. That’s why most of the reports from Alabama of a “meteor” came in around 10:00 p.m.
The splashdown went without a hitch. The capsule and astronauts safely returned with no problems, met by officials ready to retrieve them!
If you didn’t see this particular Dragon, there will be more to come over the next several months. That includes a robotic version of the capsule scheduled to launch to the ISS this Saturday on a cargo mission.
The next manned Dragon will launch to the ISS in August. That NASA mission is called SpaceX Crew-7 and will have four people aboard it.
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