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Dragon space ship prepares to return to earth

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The world’s first privately-owned space ship is getting ready to return to earth.

The Space X Dragon cargo ship is set to undock from the International Space Station on Thursday following a successful mission to carry food and supplies to the spacecraft.

Scientists say that the vessel will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean several hours later in what they are describing as “a very challenging phase of the flight”.

The Dragon is unlike other cargo vehicles that visit the space station which are designed purely for one way trips and are destroyed as they re-enter the earth’s atmosphere.