SpaceX Dragon splash lands west of Baja California, Mexico

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(Best Syndication News) – SpaceX completed their initial mission contracted by NASA with the first commercial cargo delivery flight to the space station. The SpaceX Dragon successfully splash-landed a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

On October 7, 2012 the SpaceX Dragon was sent to the International Space Station to deliver goods as well as to take items back to Earth. Now that the Dragon capsule has successfully landed in the Pacific Ocean, it will be moved by boat to a port near Los Angeles. Some items will be delivered to NASA while the space craft is in Los Angeles, before the capsule returns to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas. Once there, the remaining contents of the capsule will be unloaded.

One of the items being returned is frozen samples. The GLACIER freezer contains samples collected from scientists at the ISS laboratory. The samples will help scientists understand how long-term space travel will affect the human body.

The Dragon capsule delivered 882 pounds to the International Space Station. On the return trip, the capsule carried 1,673 pounds of cargo, including 866 pounds of research, 518 pounds of hardware, and 163 pounds of crew supplies.

SpaceX has a contract with NASA to complete at least 12 cargo re-supply missions to the International Space Station.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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