There were social media reports of a loud boom across the Florida Panhandle late Tuesday night at around the same time a SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico.
“We heard the boom here in Pensacola about 25 min ago!” a Twitter user, wrote in response to a tweet from the company that had a stream of the splashdown, which occurred at 11:04 p.m. ET.
Other Twitter users from Pensacola reported hearing it at the same time, with one saying dogs started barking and another reporting they believed a tree branch had fallen on their roof.
Some residents even called 911 regarding an explosion, according to WKRG.
In this frame grab from video broadcast by SpaceX, the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes into the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Florida Panhandle, late Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (SpaceX via AP)
The capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico 12 hours after undocking from the orbiting lab.
The Axiom Space Ax-2 astronauts included retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Tennessee businessman John Shoffner, stem cell researcher Rayyanah Barnawi and fighter pilot Ali al-Qarner. Whitson now works for Axiom Space, which chartered the flight.
In this frame grab from video broadcast by SpaceX, recovery crews lift and secure the SpaceX Dragon capsule after it splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Florida Panhandle, late Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (SpaceX via AP)
Shoffner paid his own way to the orbiting laboratory.
Dragon and the Ax-2 crew were launched on a Falcon 9 rocket to the space station on Sunday, May 21, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.