19 May 2014
On Sunday, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft landed in the Pacific Ocean, off Mexico's Baja California coast, just five hours after leaving the ISS with two tons of equipment. Splash down occurred at 3:05 p.m. EDT. This was the fourth such spacecraft to make the return trip. Part of the returning cargo included scientific experiments. The Dragon will now be taken to SpaceX’s McGregor facility while all experiments will be delivered to NASA. The SpaceX Dragon is currently the only supply ship capable of returning items to Earth. All others burn up on re-entry. AIAA congratulates SpaceX, an AIAA corporate member, on the successful completion of its SpaceX-3 mission. (Image Credit: NASA)
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