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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Splashes into Pacific

Marcia Dunn
Published: March 26, 2013

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This image provided by NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it is backed away from the International Space Station early Tuesday March 26, 2013 by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The SpaceX Dragon capsule is back on Earth.

The privately owned cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific on Tuesday, five hours after leaving the International Space Station. The California-based SpaceX confirmed the Dragon's return to Earth via Twitter.

The Dragon brought back more than 1 ton of science experiments and old station equipment. It's the only supply ship capable of two-way delivery. NASA is paying SpaceX for the resupply missions.

The unmanned capsule will be shipped to Los Angeles and then trucked to Texas for unloading.

SpaceX launched the capsule from Cape Canaveral at the beginning of March. Mechanical trouble delayed the capsule's arrival at the space station by a day, and bad weather at mission's end kept it in orbit an extra day.

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NASA astronaut Don Pettit captured stunning star trails using a long-exposure technique while on the International Space Station in 2012. (NASA/Don Pettit)


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