First commercial spacecraft returns
The first commercial spacecraft designed to return to Earth has splashed down in the Pacific.
The capsule belonging to Space Exploration Technologies Corp - known as SpaceX - was launched three hours earlier from Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket.
Nasa ordered the demonstration as a first step to handing over space station supply runs and, eventually, astronaut rides to private businesses.
Until now, only governments had managed to recover spacecraft re-entering from orbit.
SpaceX's spacecraft, called Dragon, circled the Earth twice before parachuting into the Pacific upon command. AP