There’s plenty to look at around the E3 show floor this year, but few if any of the shiny new products have actually been to space. Pretty sad, if you ask us. Thankfully, SpaceX was on hand, showing off one of its Dragon capsules in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The unit that was on display was the first to reach the ISS, bringing along some sundries for the crew, but nothing particularly vital — after all, it was a sort of test run.
All went well, and the unit landed in the Pacific Ocean, within five kilometers of the company’s calculations. Not too shabby. Of course, the thing burnt to a crisp in the process, with a marshmallow-like blackening of its edges (which is pretty evident in the gallery below). We couldn’t get too close, sadly, due to the protective ropes bearing a “Don’t Pet the Dragon” sign. After all, we don’t want any showgoers turning into the Fantastic Four.
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Visualized: SpaceX Dragon capsule at E3