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Private cargo capsule returns from historic space station mission with a splash
[i]The first private spacecraft to visit the International Space Station returned to Earth on Thursday morning (May 31), creating a splash in the Pacific Ocean almost as large as the one its mission made in spaceflight history.
Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Dragon cargo capsule completed a successful 9 day test flight, landing under parachutes some 560 miles (900 kilometers) off the coast of Baja, California at 11:42 a.m. EDT (1542 GMT). A crane-equipped barge, tow boat and other support ships were reported to be making their way to the splashdown site to retrieve the unmanned spacecraft.
"Splashdown successful!!" SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter. "Sending fast boat to Dragon."[/i]
[b]Above[/b]: Infrared image of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in the water as captured from tracking plane.
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