SpaceX Dragon flight in pictures: from launch to splashdown

Today saw SpaceX's Dragon capsule splashdown safely in the Pacific Ocean after its demonstration flight and visit to the International Space Station. Space exploration can now check off another milestone: the first time a commercial spacecraft resupplied a space station.

The capsule splashed down at 11:42 A.M. PDT and is being recovered by ships off the coast of Baja, California. A NASA commentator on NASA TV noted that it was "remarkable how smoothly it went, from beginning to end;" the mission lasted nine days, seven hours and 58 minutes.

Next, Dragon will be taken to a SpaceX facility in Texas for a post-mission dress-down. This demonstration flight was one of the last large hurdles SpaceX needed to clear to see the Dragon capsule rated for manned spaceflight.

SpaceX is planning a dozen launches with NASA to the International Space Station; the space agency has a $1.6 billion contract with the company to provide a domestic ground-to-orbit solution for resupplying the ISS.

SpaceX, via NASA

Kevin Hall contributed to this report.

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