The next Dragon is alien-like

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This is from a SpaceX video showing the company's Dragon space capsule firing thrusters during a powered descent as it aims for a vertical landing at its launch site. (Photo: SpaceX)

This is from a SpaceX video showing the company’s Dragon space capsule firing thrusters during a powered descent as it aims for a vertical landing at its launch site. (Photo: SpaceX)

The next version of the Dragon spacecraft built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX will look like something truly out of this world, according to Elon Musk, the company’s billionaire founder and CEO.

Musk detailed some of the high points of the firm’s much-anticipated Dragon Version 2 to reporters Thursday, March 28, during a briefing with NASA to celebrate the firm’s second successful cargo mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule returned to Earth Tuesday with a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

“There are side-mounted thruster pods and quite big windows for astronauts to see out,” Musk told SPACE.com. “There are also legs to pop out at the bottom. It looks like a real alien spaceship.”

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