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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Dragon spacecraft splashes down

Published 31/05/2012 | 13:21

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The SpaceX Dragon capsule begins its journey back to Earth(AP/NASA)

The history-making Dragon spacecraft is back on Earth.

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The unmanned cargo ship parachuted into the Pacific, six hours after leaving the International Space Station.

The world's first commercial craft to resupply the space station brought back more than a half-ton of old gear.

The privately funded SpaceX vessel is the first to return such a load since shuttles for the US space agency, Nasa, retired last year.

SpaceX guided the Dragon's descent through the atmosphere and splashdown off the coast of Mexico. A fleet of boats was in position, ready to receive it.

It will take a few days to transport the capsule by barge to Los Angeles.

From there, it will be trucked to the SpaceX rocket factory in Texas for unloading and inspection.

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