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SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth, ends historic trip
Nine-day trip » At the end of a virtually flawless mission, the capsule parachuted into the ocean 500 miles off Mexico’s Baja California.


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NASA lost the capability of getting things back when its shuttles were retired last July.

Rival Orbital Sciences Corp. hopes to have its first unmanned test flight off by year’s end, launching from Wallops Island in Virginia. It also has a NASA contract for cargo runs.

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Until American astronauts are flying again from U.S. soil, the focus will be on filling the space station’s larder.




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