By - kfai
Yes, the retro-thruster fired—you can tell because of the dust cloud that appears violently just a moment *before* the capsule touches down. You might have been expecting the capsule to hover to a gentle landing on a plume of visible flame, but in this case most of the braking is done by parachute, while the retro-thruster is a small charge that fires for a brief burst just a few feet above the surface.
Probably just the announcer reading the on screen altitude reading and getting confused since it was off a bit. It read -10 or something when the capsule landed.
I did notice the announcer say the crew were experiencing 5g while the capsule was traveling at a relatively constant speed
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It seemed like a hard landing to me. Almost like the retro thrusters fired a bit late and not long enough.
They fired as intended. They're supposed to fire for a brief second just before touch down for a soft landing. The Soyuz return capsule does the same thing. That is why you see a cloud of dust under the capsule when it touches down, it's from the thrusters not from a hard landing.
I saw the dust… But the landing didn’t seem very “soft” and the dust seemed a hair late. I’d love to see the G reading on touchdown, but they’d never release it.
Wouldn't be any worse than driving and stopping at a red light semi-abrubtly. Definitely better than landing in the open sea in a dragon capsule or in a cramped soyuz, all things considered.