CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The history-making Dragon spacecraft is back on solid ground.
The SpaceX capsule arrived by barge at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday. The unmanned supply ship splashed into the Pacific, west of Baja California, last Thursday following an unprecedented trip to the International Space Station.
A SpaceX spokeswoman says the Dragon is now headed to the company's rocket factory in McGregor, Texas, for unloading. Space station astronauts filled the capsule with 1,400 pounds of old equipment.
The California-based SpaceX is the first private business to send a cargo ship to the space station. It hopes to launch another in September.
NASA is counting on companies like SpaceX to deliver groceries and, eventually, astronauts to orbit.
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