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The Dragon has landed. Multi-entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX Dragon capsule, launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket, splashed down successfuly in the Pacific after completing its two-orbit circumnavigation of Planet Earth. In a subtly understated tweet early Wednesday afternoon …


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  1. K. Adams

    Where's the Playmobil?

    You suppose our intrepid PARIS pilot hitched a ride?

    Either way, good job! (Virtual) Beers all-round for the SpaceXers...

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Press conference

    NASA had an hour-long press conference on NASA-TV ... with no sound at all. Facepalm.

    1. James Hughes 1

      No help to you but...

      I had sound.....

      Quite an interesting conference as well - Elon Musk said wuite a lot about the man rated version - the most interesting bit was the cost comparison to Orion - Orion cost so far (with no flight, not including launcher costs) $4.6B, cost of Falcon 9 + Dragon (not yet man rated), $400m or thereabouts. For pretty much the same thing. Iin fact Musk said the Dragon was a more capable craft than Orion (it's heatshield can do Mars reentry for example). It has pretty much the same internal pressurised volume, and more accurate landing capability)

      The whole thin g is on YouTube anyway.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Eh? The density of Mars' atmosphere is 1% that of Earth's

        a heatshield that can re-enter Earth's atmosphere but not Mars' would be a curious feat...

        1. Nick Thompson


          That's surviving a reentry coming back *from* Mars. The ship will be travelling a lot faster when it hits the atmosphere than if it was coming out of low earth orbit (or even from the moon).

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      no sound

      Sounds like a codec issue to me (see what I did there?)

      Just stick to vlc and it all works fine.

  3. IglooDude


    Glad they were fully licensed to do so, I can't imagine the hassle of getting pulled over by traffic cops during re-entry...

  4. Radelix


    I imagine there a few beers being consumed at their humble HQ in in Hawthorne Ca this afternoon

    Cheers to them.

  5. Ged T

    NASA-TV - No sound...

    ... 'cause, in space, no one can hear you...

    That lack of care just about exemplifies NASA, these days.

    On a positive note, sincere congratulations to SpaceX and the Dragon team. Throttles up, you guys!

    1. James Hughes 1

      As above..

      I had sound, so probably not a problem with Nasa....

      Stream did keep pausing, but more likely my connection rather than Nasa TV.

  6. Geoff Campbell Silver badge
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    Historical moment

    I suspect this could be the start of something big. Hmmmm, are SpaceX shares traded?


    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge

      Geoff Campell

      "Hmmmm, are SpaceX shares traded?"

      AFAIK it's still a private company. So no faffing about massaging sales figures and stock holder egos. I'm sure they have an IPO plan *somewhere* and topping the PayPal payday would be a very impressive achievement

  7. Rick Brasche

    is there video of the reentry or splashdown?

    I know they didn't stream the reentry or splashdown, but there's gotta be video they took of the event somewhere! I can't wait to see it!

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