SpaceX's Dragon capsule, flown to the International Space Station in the first-ever commercial re-supply mission, has returned back to Earth as it splashed down into the Pacific ocean
Completing a historic supply test flight to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule returned to Earth on Thursday when it splashed into the Pacific.
The privately-developed commericial cargo ship, the first of its kind, completed an on-target spashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the Californian coast. Following 30 minutes of freefall, the capsule impacted at a location about 560 miles from the Baja Peninsula at 08:42h PDT (15:42h GMT).
During its historic mission, the capsule took half a tonne of food and supplies to the ISS after being carried into orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket.
Boats were dispatched to find and retrieve the Dragon capsule on the ocean surface. Once retrieved safely, SpaceX stands to win a lucrative ISS re-supply contract with NASA worth $1.6 billion, which includes 12 further supply trips.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which is the world's first commercial spaceship, is getting ready to be detached from the International Space Station on Thursday and return to Earth after a landmark mission aboard the orbital outpost.