Crew of first private flight to ISS return to Earth

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Washington (AFP) – Three businessmen and a former NASA astronaut splashed down Monday off the Florida coast after spending two weeks aboard the International Space Station in a landmark mission for the commercial sector. After a dizzying descent, a SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying the Axiom-1 gently floated down to the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville at 1:06 pm (1706 GMT) on four huge parachutes. “Dragon Endeavor has returned home with the Axiom-1 Crew,” said an announcer, as a recovery vessel made its way to the capsule. The spaceship was affectionately referred to as a “toasted marshmallow” b…

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