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SpaceX Capsule Back on Earth

Carrying a lot of scientific experiments

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule is back on Earth with a full load of space station science samples, reports the AP . The Dragon cargo ship parachuted into the Pacific on Sunday off the Southern California coast. Astronauts set it free from the International Space Station 5½ hours earlier. The Dragon flew to... More »

SpaceX Capsule Full of Experiments Lands

High seas had delayed its return; another launch set for tomorrow

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted yesterday into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples. More »

Humbled Dragon Docks With ISS

Capsule had suffered glitch after takeoff, SpaceX salvages mission

(Newser) - The Dragon capsule arrived safely at the International Space Station today, delivering a ton of supplies, after a shaky, nerve-wracking start to its mission . The Dragon's arrival was one day late but especially sweet—and not because of the fresh fruit on board for the station astronauts who snared... More »

SpaceX Rocket Suffers Glitch After Launch

Flight controllers of private firm trying to correct

(Newser) - A commercial vessel carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into trouble shortly after liftoff today. SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk reported a problem with the thrusters on the unmanned spacecraft, named Dragon. Three of the four sets of thrusters did not kick in, he... More »

Dragon Exits ISS, Heads Home

Will land in Pacific Ocean this afternoon

(Newser) - SpaceX's Dragon capsule is headed Earth-ward after astronauts aboard the International Space Station released it this morning, reports the AP . The unmanned capsule is laden with some 2,000 pounds of experiments and old equipment, notably some 500 frozen samples of astronaut blood and urine taken over the past... More »

SpaceX's Dragon Docks at Space Station

And it brought ice cream.

(Newser) - SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docked at the International Space Station this morning, completing the first leg of its landmark supply mission . "Looks like we've tamed the Dragon," commander Sunita Williams quipped, as the station's robotic arm grabbed the capsule. "Thanks to everyone at SpaceX... More »

SpaceX Rockets Into History—Again

1st cargo delivery set to arrive at ISS Wednesday

(Newser) - It was quite the night for privately owned SpaceX: For the first time, a US-built, robotic spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station to deliver cargo. The launch follows a successful May test flight to the ISS. SpaceX's Dragon capsule took off from Cape Canaveral at... More »

SpaceX's Dragon Heads Back to Earth

Cargo ship successfully completes first mission to space station

(Newser) - SpaceX's much-celebrated supply ship "Dragon" departed from the International Space Station this morning, setting course for a Pacific Ocean splashdown, just off California's Baja peninsula. The station's Canadian-built robot arm unbolted the capsule at about 4am EDT, then held it in place for a full orbit... More »

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