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Private space capsule's maiden voyage ends with splash

The capsule separated about 10 minutes after launch, reaching its 300km-high orbit shortly after.
After completing several manoeuvres some 300km above Earth, the capsule splashed down in the Pacific.

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SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully launched into Earth orbit aboard the company's Falcon 9 vehicle on Wed., Dec. 8. The flight is a demonstration test for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program to develop commercial supply services to the International Space Station and encourage the growth of the commercial space industry.
The Dragon capsule orbited the Earth before safely re-entering the atmosphere and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

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NASA Administrator Bolden's Statement On Falcon 9 Launch

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement about SpaceX's launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule:

"While rocket launches from the Cape are considered a common occurrence, the historic significance of today's achievement by SpaceX should not be lost."

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Spacecraft, 288 x 301 kilometre, 34.53 inclination, orbit achieved.

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Spacecraft Separation.

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Private space capsule launched

A private US capsule that could soon be hauling cargo and even astronauts to the space station has launched on its first demonstration flight.
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New Hampshire tracking station has acquired signals

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MECO2

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All systems nominal

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