Dragon, SpaceX’s spacecraft, made a successful 3 week trip to the International Space Station (ISS) and landed back on Earth with a splash in the Pacific Ocean on October 28. The spacecraft carried supplies and scientific material for the crew on the ISS. Dragon didn’t have any humans on it, but SpaceX has future plans to transport astronauts to and fro from the ISS as well. SpaceX stands for Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. It is an American space transport company, and was the first private company to send a spacecraft to the ISS in May. All previous efforts have been through governments of countries. SpaceX is run by Elon Musk, an American entrepreneur born in South Africa who also helped create the electric car company Tesla Motors and the Internet payment company PayPal. The ISS is a large research facility being put together in space. It is approximately 220 miles (350 km) from the Earth’s surface
Here is a video of Dragon’s release from the ISS.
Image Credits: SpaceX for Dragon’s landing image