The Dragon Has Landed; Next Stop Central Texas

The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship splashed down Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean and will be returned to the company’s Central Texas facility for unloading.

(NASA photo)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (March 26, 2013)--The SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean, five hours after leaving the International Space Station.

California-based SpaceX confirmed the Dragon's return to Earth via Twitter.

The Dragon brought back a load of more than 1 ton of science experiments and old station equipment.

It's the only supply ship capable of two-way delivery.

NASA is paying SpaceX for the resupply missions.

The unmanned capsule will be shipped to Los Angeles and then trucked to Central Texas for unloading.

SpaceX operates a rocket test facility in McGregor, to which the capsule will be shipped.

SpaceX launched the capsule from Cape Canaveral at the beginning of March.

Mechanical trouble delayed the capsule's arrival at the space station by a day, and bad weather at mission's end kept it in orbit an extra day.

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