In the first two decades of manned space travel , US spacecraft in particular landed on the water in the Pacific or Atlantic and were then salvaged by helicopters . This practice was revived after the space shuttle program was completed. The spacecraft Dragon , launched by the private company SpaceX , first hit the Pacific Ocean on December 8, 2010 .
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