Today at 11:42 AM EST, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft boldly smacked into the Pacific Ocean, just as planned. Here it bobs, waiting for recovery by boats, which will tow it back to land. For more coverage of SpaceX's recent launch, click here.
Updated: One last major milestone achieved for SpaceX's Dragon capsule today: A successful splashdown and recovery. The privately built spacecraft unlatched from the International Space Station earlier this morning and returned to Earth, parachuting to an ocean landing.
Dragon careened back to the surface "like a burning comet," according to NASA, albeit a controlled one. Thrusters on its exterior guide it to the proper landing spot, which was about 490 nautical miles southwest of Los Angeles.