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WATCH: Acadiana's view of SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor's reentry

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Posted at 10:28 PM, Nov 08, 2021

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four astronauts returned to Earth on Monday, riding home with SpaceX to end a 200-day space station mission that began last spring.

Their capsule streaked through the late night sky like a dazzling meteor before parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Recovery boats quickly moved in with spotlights.

“On behalf of SpaceX, welcome home to Planet Earth,” SpaceX Mission Control radioed from Southern California.

Their homecoming — coming just eight hours after leaving the International Space Station — paved the way for SpaceX’s launch of their four replacements as early as Wednesday night.

The newcomers were scheduled to launch first, but NASA switched the order because of bad weather and an astronaut’s undisclosed medical condition. The welcoming duties will now fall to the lone American and two Russians left behind at the space station.

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Here in Acadiana, many were able to spot the crew's reentry. Below are some of your photos/videos!

Nicholas Savage, Carencro

KATC videographer Benjamin De Vuyst, Lafayette

Amanda Matlock, Breaux Bridge

Billy Tiger Guidry, Gulf of Mexico

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