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Private SpaceX space mission splashes down and makes history


This crew truly made a splash.

Rayyanah Barnawi, the first Arab woman to go to space, compatriot Ali Al-Qarni, and Americans Peggy Whitson and John Shoffner waved happily to cameras after the hatch was opened on their Crew Dragon late Tuesday night.

The capsule carrying them parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, where they splashed into the water.

They were then helped out of the spacecraft, slightly unsteady on their feet after spending eight days on the orbital outpost, as seen on a video stream provided by Axiom Space, which chartered the mission with NASA.

The Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) crew took off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on May 21.