The unmanned Dragon cargo vessel operated by US company SpaceX on Thursday returned to Earth following a historic mission.
The capsule landed 490 nautical miles (907 kilometres) southwest of the coast of California at 10.42am central time (5.42pm SAST).
The Dragon spaceship launched on 22 May and spent about a week at the International Space Station, carrying about a half ton of cargo and returning even more to Earth, marking the first such mission by a commercial enterprise.
The South African-born founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, was also present at the company's mission control in California.
The successful launch and berthing at the ISS was hailed as marking a new era for private spaceflight, in which business ventures will someday replace the capacity once held by NASA to carry humans and cargo to the space lab.
The end of the three-decade shuttle programme in 2011 left Russia as the sole nation capable of ferrying both astronauts and gear to the orbiting outpost.