Thursday, May 31, 2012

Splashdown: SpaceX Dragon Capsule

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific, Ending Historic Test Flight

Date: 31 May 2012 Time: 11:44 AM ET

Dragon Capsule Drop Test
Dragon will use parachutes to slow its descent as it falls back to Earth.
CREDIT: SpaceX/Roger Gilbertson
This story was updated at 11:59 a.m. EDT.

The world's first commercial space cargo ship dove through Earth's atmosphere and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean early Thursday (May 31), ending an historic test flight to the International Space Station.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule made a water landing off the coast of Baja California, Mexico at 11:42 a.m. EDT (1542 GMT). Recovery ships have spotted the capsule and are en route to collect the vehicle to tow to Los Angeles.
Mission Control in Houston informed the space station crew that the capsule's red-and-white striped parachutes were visible.


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