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Successful Splash Down in the Gulf of Mexico

The four Axiom Space Ax-2 astronauts wave inside their SpaceX Dragon capsule Freedom after splashdown and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico on May 30, 2023. They are (from left): Saudi astronaut Rayyanah Barnawi; pilot John Shoffner; commander Peggy Whitson; and Saudi astronaut Ali AlQarni. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Residents of Pensacola and across the Gulf Coast and Alabama took to social media and to their phones to report a loud and rattling boom that effected the area around 10 p.m. last night.

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The sonic boom was caused a SpaceX Dragon capsule and Ax-2 crew returning to earth. That Dragon, named Freedom, undocked from the International Space Station(ISS) earlier in the day attending a 10-day mission that included eight days docked at the orbiting lab. Freedom returned to Earth 12 hours later.

Watch the full successful splash down video and read the full mission here.