SpaceX Dragon demo capsule returns to Earth

America’s new commercial astronaut capsule has completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The SpaceX Dragon vehicle left the International Space Station after being docked there for the past week, and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.

It had a heat-shield to protect it from the high temperatures of re-entry.

Four parachutes brought it into “soft contact” with water about 450km from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The mission – which had no humans aboard, only a dummy covered in sensors – went according to plan.

The Dragon has set the stage for the US space agency Nasa to approve the vehicle for crewed flights.

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