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For the first time, a commercial spacecraft gently returned to Earth from orbit on Wednesday.

The flight, by the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, went flawlessly from the launching of its Falcon 9 rocket, with a Dragon capsule riding on top, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to splashdown of the Dragon in the Pacific Ocean 3 hours, 19 minutes and 52 seconds later.

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