CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) – Mission accomplished.READ MORE: Small Plane Crash In Miramar Sends Two People To The Hospital
Ending its first test flight with an old-fashioned splashdown, SpaceX’s swanky new Dragon crew capsule has returned to Earth.
The Dragon undocked from the International Space Station early Friday. Six hours later, the capsule carrying a test dummy plopped into the Atlantic off the Florida coast.READ MORE: Search Resumes For Missing 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano After Person Of Interest Found Dead
It marks the first time in 50 years that a capsule designed for astronauts returned from space by plopping into the Atlantic. Apollo 9 splashed down near the Bahamas on March 13, 1969.
NASA astronauts have been stuck riding Russian rockets since space shuttles retired eight years ago. NASA is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to start launching astronauts this year.
Friday morning’s splashdown was the final hurdle of SpaceX’s six-day test flight.MORE NEWS: Attention, Floridians! These New Laws Will Hit The Books On Friday
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