May 31st, 2012
06:09 AM ET

First private capsule to dock at space station begins return flight to Earth

The first private capsule to dock at the International Space Station will return to Earth Thursday, nine days after it took off on its historic mission.

The capsule, known as Dragon, was released by the space station's robotic arm at 5:35 a.m. ET. A thruster burn a minute later pushed the spacecraft away from its host, according to SpaceX, the private company that built and operates the Dragon.

On Sunday, Dragon delivered to the space station more than 1,000 pounds of cargo, including food, clothing, computer equipment and supplies for science experiments and has been reloaded with everything from trash to scientific research and experimental samples.

The capsule is scheduled to splash into the Pacific Ocean around 11:44 a.m. ET, several hundred miles west of California, according to NASA.

ter equipment and supplies for science experiments and has been reloaded with everything from trash to scientific research and experimental samples.

The capsule is scheduled to splash into the Pacific Ocean around 11:44 a.m. ET, several hundred miles west of California, according to NASA.

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  1. Portland tony

    "Private Capsule". Now there's a phrase not often heard except when used by CNN.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. PEDO BEAR

    I am guessing the intern that wrote this article has really fat fingers:

    "uThe first private capsule..."

    Or they failed 'Cut and paste' 101:

    "On Sunday, Dragon delivered to the space station more than 1,000 pounds of cargo, including food, clothing, computer equipment and supplies for science experiments and has been reloaded with everything from trash to scientific research and experimental samples.

    The capsule is scheduled to splash into the Pacific Ocean around 11:44 a.m. ET, several hundred miles west of California, according to NASA.

    ter equipment and supplies for science experiments and has been reloaded with everything from trash to scientific research and experimental samples.

    The capsule is scheduled to splash into the Pacific Ocean around 11:44 a.m. ET, several hundred miles west of California, according to NASA."

    May 31, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      They didn't! Oh noes! They have copypasted incorrectly! Call out the editors! Stop the internet presses!

      May 31, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |

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