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?
The world's most expensive space project celebrates its 20th anniversary on Tuesday.
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