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SpaceX Dragon completes historic flight with successful splashdown

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By ITN News Editor March 9, 2019 15:05

SpaceX Dragon completes historic flight with successful splashdown

An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean on after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, capping the first orbital test mission in NASA’s long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year. After a five-day mission on the orbital outpost, Crew Dragon autonomously detached about 0730 GMT on Friday and sped back to earth reaching hypersonic speeds before an 8:45 a.m. EST 1345 GMT splash-down in the Atlantic, about 200 miles off the Florida coast.A SpaceX rocket launched the 16-foot-tall capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Saturday.

The first-of-its-kind mission, ahead of SpaceX’s crewed test flight slated for June, brought 400 pounds of test equipment to the space station, including a dummy named Ripley, outfitted with sensors around its head, neck, and spine to monitor how a flight would feel for a human.

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By ITN News Editor March 9, 2019 15:05
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