SpaceX Dragon, the unmanned cargo ship parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday, six hours after leaving the International Space Station. The world s first commercial craft to resupply the space station brought back more than a half-ton of old gear.
The privately funded SpaceX vessel is the first to return such a load since shuttles for the U.S. space agency, NASA, retired last year.
SpaceX guided the Dragon s descent through the atmosphere and splashdown off the coast of Mexico. A fleet of boats was in position, ready to receive it.
It will take a few days to transport the capsule by barge to Los Angeles. From there, it will be trucked to the SpaceX rocket factory in Texas for unloading and inspection.