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Space station capsule returns to Earth

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

USA Today: A private capsule carrying equipment and experiments returned to the Pacific Ocean after a 23-day round trip to the International Space Station.

SpaceX, founded in 2002 by PayPal and Tesla Motors entrepreneur Elon Musk, is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-earth orbit. It has had two previous successful trips to the space station and back, in May and October last year.

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