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SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth

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Washington, Mar 27 (EFE).- The SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully completed its second resupply mission to the International Space Station, or ISS, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred kilometers west of Baja California, Mexico, NASA said.

The spacecraft brought back around 1,210 kilos (1.3 tons) of cargo, including a LEGO set, on Tuesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, said.

"The scientific research delivered and being returned by Dragon enables advances in every aspect of NASA's diverse space station science portfolio, including human research, biology and physical sciences," ISS program scientist Julie Robinson said.

A Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, took the capsule to the International Space Station, where it delivered 1.2 tons of supplies.

NASA signed a $1.6 billion contract with SpaceX covering 12 trips to the ISS.

SpaceX envió su primera misión de carga al puesto orbital, un proyecto de 100.000 millones de dólares en el cual participan quince naciones, en octubre de 2012 después que completó en mayo de ese año una misión de demostración.

A su retorno Dragon cargó basura, herramientas de la estación y muestras biológicas recolectadas y guardadas en refrigeradores y que serán ahora analizadas en tierra.

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