PHOTOS: SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Successfully Returns To Earth


Photo: NASA

Elon Musk and the SpaceX team made history today.The company’s Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station and made it back to Earth earlier this afternoon.

This marks the first time that such a task has been carried out by private venture. It’s an exciting prospect, and here are photos of the craft’s reentry and landing.

Here's the Dragon capsule as it was docked with the International Space Station

It fired its rockets three times to separate from the ISS and begin reentry

An artist's rendering of the craft as it came through Earth's atmosphere

On the ground, roughly 1,000 SpaceX employees stand by

Normally used for tracking submarines, P3 aeroplanes were on the lookout for Dragon as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean

Dragon successfully splashed down at 11:42 AM PT

SpaceX founder Elon Musk addresses the team that made it all possible

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