An upgraded version of the Starship could travel to Earth's orbit in less than six months, Elon Musk says.
Live footage from NASA showed the capsule's four main parachutes opened without a hitch, and it splashed down at 8:45 am (1345 GMT).
The Elon Musk founded company is using the flight as a test, before it plans to put two astronauts on board later this year.
Images released by the Colorado-based company DigitalGlobe suggest a rocket launch was conducted at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Chang'e 4 lunar rover, launched last month, will explore the surface on the far side of the moon, the first probe to do so. Cue Pink Floyd...
The scientists received a series of anxiously awaited signals from the New Horizons, indicating that the aircraft made a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind.
A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China.
A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction.
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency successfully blasted off to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, for a six-and-a-half months mission.
NASA's InSight made its landing on Mars, after a six-month journey through space that covered more than 483 million kilometres.
The $993 million unmanned lander, called InSight has touched down on the red planet and managed to send back its first picture.
NASA's spacecraft is about to touch down on Mars – and it's been so long since the last Martian landfall that Mars mania is gripping everybody. But what exactly is NASA doing on the 'red planet' now?
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