Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

And Friday also see, United Launch Alliance's powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket launch from California Vandenberg Air Force Base - a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.

CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter soon after the breathtaking loss of control and expected landing time, stating that the SpaceX team now pegged the failure on a grid fin's stalled hydraulic fin, which ultimately caused the wild spinning seen in the webcast.

The Falcon 9 will blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

There was an initial mishap on takeoff as the SpaceX booster missed its landing zone on the ground, ending up in the sea instead.

A SpaceX commentator called it a "bummer", but noted it was secondary to the Falcon 9 rocket's main mission of getting the Dragon capsule to orbit. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", Musk tweeted along with a GIF of the first stage spinning during its descent.

SpaceX launches shipment carrying Christmas cheer to ISS
SpaceX ISS

The first stage was previously launched and recovered during missions in May and August as part of a program meant to make the equipment capable of being used 10 or more times without refurbishment.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the tradition dinner, even in space.

Researchers expect a tenfold increase in the worm population. It turns out their muscles are similar to ours in structure and function, making them flawless lab substitutes, said lead scientist Timothy Etheridge of the University of Exeter in England.

The launch was delayed for a day after NASA discovered that the food for the mouse-tronauts was moldy because of contamination. The crew-carrying version of Dragon is schedule to fly a test mission next month, and if all goes well, will carry astronauts to the station later in the year in what would be the first crewed flight from USA soil since the space shuttles retired in 2011. The crew includes two Americans, two Russians, one German and one Canadian. Three of the scientists are rapidly nearing the end of their stay in space and will be headed back to Earth on December 20th, leaving the three ISS residents that arrived a few days ago to enjoy the Christmas meal.

Watch on NASA TV below, or at NASA's website, or via SpaceX's own webcast. But this launch came with a little added drama: An unexpected splashdown by the returning rocket just offshore.

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