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.
Kevin Hall contributed to this report.