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SpaceX capsule back on solid ground after flight

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
The history-making Dragon spacecraft is back on solid ground.

This photo provided by SpaceX shows the Dragon spacecraft on a boat in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Triumphant from start to finish, the Dragon parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration. (AP Photo/SpaceX)

The history-making Dragon spacecraft is back on solid ground.

The SpaceX capsule arrived by barge at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday. The unmanned supply ship splashed into the Pacific, west of Baja California, last Thursday following an unprecedented trip to the International Space Station.

A SpaceX spokeswoman says the Dragon is now headed to the company's rocket factory in McGregor, Texas, for unloading. Space station astronauts filled the capsule with 1,400 pounds of old equipment.

The California-based SpaceX is the first private business to send a cargo ship to the space station. It hopes to launch another in September.

NASA is counting on companies like SpaceX to deliver groceries and, eventually, astronauts to orbit.


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