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SpaceX capsule ends mission with a splash

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Triumphant from start to finish, the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the international space station and inaugurate NASA’s new approach to exploration.

“Welcome home, baby,’’ said SpaceX’s elated chief, Elon Musk, adding that watching the old-fashioned splashdown was “like seeing your kid come home.’’

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