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Sun Oct 28, 2012, 11:40 PM

SpaceX capsule returns with safe landing in Pacific (BBC)

A space capsule has returned to Earth, ending the first commercially contracted re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The capsule was sent by the California-based company SpaceX, the first of 12 missions it will perform for US space agency Nasa.

It landed in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico at 12:22 local time (19:22 GMT).

Nasa is looking to the private sector to assume routine transport duties to and from low-Earth orbit.

The robotic Dragon ship lifted off on 7 October, with 400kg of food, clothing, experiments and spares for the orbiting platform's six astronauts, and docked three days later.
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more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20118963

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