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Sunday, October 28, 2012

A computer-generated image depicting Dragon as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere on October 28, 2012.
SpaceX

Dragon arrives home safely... Here is a computer-generated rendering plus a few photos showing SpaceX's Dragon capsule after it flawlessly splashed down into the Pacific Ocean at 12:22 PM, Pacific Daylight Time today. Dragon transported 882 pounds worth of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) during its 3-week CRS-1 mission, and bought back to Earth 1,673 pounds of cargo—which included hundreds of blood and urine samples taken by ISS crew members since the summer of last year. Dragon is now on its way back to the Port of Los Angeles to begin post-flight processing.

Dragon's next flight to the ISS, CRS-2, is tentatively scheduled to launch on January 18...pending results from an ongoing investigation by SpaceX and NASA regarding a premature engine shutdown that took place during the Falcon 9 rocket's ascent into space on October 7.

Dragon's three main parachutes are deployed prior to the spacecraft safely splashing down into the Pacific Ocean on October 28, 2012.
SpaceX

Awaiting recovery, Dragon floats in the Pacific Ocean after successfully returning to Earth on October 28, 2012.
SpaceX

Dragon is secured on a barge after being recovered from the Pacific Ocean on October 28, 2012...following a successful return from space.
SpaceX

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