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Praise Flows In for SpaceX’s Successful Falcon 9-Dragon Flight

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SpaceX Declares Dragon Mission Successful; Press Conference Set for 3:30 EST

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Falcon 9's second stage fires away. (Credit: SpaceX)

SPACEX PRESS RELEASE

Today, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX and NASA will have a post-mission press conference at 3:30 PM EST at the press site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Participants include:

  • Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and CTO
  • Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President
  • Alan Lindenmoyer, NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Manager

Watch it live at www.nasa.gov/ntv

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Pictures: Falcon 9 and Dragon from Ignition to Orbit

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The Falcon 9 at ignition. (Credit: SpaceX)

The Falcon 9 lifts off. (Credit: SpaceX)

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Dragon Splashes Down in the Pacific After Two Orbits

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Artists conception of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in orbit

@SpaceXer reports that Dragon has successfully re-entered the atmosphere.

Drogue chutes have deployed to slow the capsule down.

@SpaceXer: “THREE MAIN PARACHUTES DEPLOYED!!!!”

@SpaceXer: “SPLASHDOWN!!!”

@SpaceXer: “Splashdown on target. Mission is a success!”

@SpaceXer:  “Recovery crew has put the floats on the Dragon already.”

Looks like a highly successful mission.

Wow! A MASSIVE step forward. Congratulations to SpaceX!!

The first commercial company to re-enter a vehicle from space. And a major milestone in NASA’s COTS program to provide commercial cargo delivery to the International Space Station.