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In this image provided by NASA,  the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is grappled by the Canadarm2 robotic arm at the International Space Station Friday May 25, 2012. Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers grappled Dragon at 9:56 a.m. (EDT) and used the robotic arm to berth Dragon to the Earth-facing side of the station's Harmony node at 12:02 p.m. May 25, 2012. Dragon became the first commercially developed space vehicle to be launched to the station. Dragon is scheduled to spend about a week docked with the station before returning to Earth on May 31 for retrieval.   (AP Photo/NASA)

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The SpaceX Dragon supply ship returned to Earth on May 31, ending its revolutionary nine-day voyage to the International Space Station with an old-fashioned splashdown in the Pacific.

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