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Handout image provided by SpaceX on Thursday shows the SpaceX 'Dragon' commercial cargo craft after it was recovered in the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles off the coast of Southern California. The Dragon spacecraft returned to earth after becoming the first private craft ever to reach the orbiting International Space Station.
Alan Boyle reported in Cosmic Log that the capsule touched down within a mile of its target, according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk:
When he saw the first pictures of the craft bobbing in the Pacific, he said his reaction was, "Welcome home, baby. ... It's like seeing your kid come home."
The private space capsule Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station, capping off its historic mission with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. NBC's Mark Barger reports.