On December 8, 2010 at 15:43 UTC (10:43 EST) the Falcon 9 rocket was launched by SpaceX company from SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is an American space transport company founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.
SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft (a Dragon).
The rocket orbited the "Dragon” spacecraft. It was the first test flight of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services project. The Dragon circled Earth two times.
The "Dragon” landing capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern Mexico at 19:04 UTC (02:04 p.m. EST).