The achievement heralds the promise of using earthly plants to support human outposts on other worlds.
The cargo spacecraft transported propellants, application experiments samples, some payloads and supplies for three astronauts.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts parachuted into calm seas in darkness at the conclusion of a 23-hour-plus autonomous flight home from the ISS.
Elon Musk's company has launched Crew-4 to the International Space Station to carry out hundreds of scientific experiments.
The landing marked the official end of the first fully-private mission to the orbiting outpost and a turning point in NASA's goal to commercialise the region of space called low Earth orbit.
The visitors' tickets to the International Space Station include access to all parts of the facility except the Russian portion, and covers all meals and accommodations, for a 9 to 10-day stay.
The launch team will wait until SpaceX launches four private passengers to the International Space Station on Friday.
Russia's Soyuz space ship carrying three cosmonauts have docked with International Space Station amid heightened geopolitical tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine.
NASA's $37 billion rocket system aims to return astronauts to Moon and establish a long-term lunar colony as a precursor to eventual human exploration of Mars.
NASA researchers will begin to analyze the sample tubes kept sealed so that they could be studied years later, with the help of the latest technical breakthroughs.
A total of 74 unique NASA photographs are up for sale, including 26 taken on the Moon during the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.
The long-time historical US-Russia space cooperation is going through a major test after the Ukraine conflict, straining the future of the International Space Station.
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