Monday, 10 December, 2018

SpaceX suffers 'bummer' landing as rocket's first-stage booster crashes on re-entry

After mice food delay, SpaceX set for space station resupply launch Wednesday Watch SpaceX Launch Supplies to the ISS Astronauts
Elijah Vega | 08 December, 2018, 01:35

Unfortunately, a grid fin failure resulted in the booster spinning, which was caught on video and shared by company CEO Elon Musk on his Twitter account. After more than two dozen successful rocket landings, SpaceX's most recent attempt resulted in a splashdown, though the rocket remained intact and was retrieved by the company. It's scheduled to arrive Saturday morning.

Christmas turkey is rocketing toward the International Space Station, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake.

The webcast below should begin about 20 minutes before liftoff.

The reusable first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket tumbled out of control and landed into the Atlantic ocean during an attempted ground landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1 at about 1:25 p.m. "Dragon, you saw separate, and now the solar arrays coming out. All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA". Until today, the company's most recent landing failure happened in summer 2016.

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Wednesday's Falcon rocket was brand new, while the Dragon cargo carrier was recycled by SpaceX.

It's been a busy time for Elon Musk and SpaceX, lately. SpaceX was scheduled to launch the Falcon 9 carrying the supplies on Tuesday but delayed the launch until Wednesday. Another investigation, which will study muscle degeneration, will make use of 36,000 tiny worms. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space. Canadarm2) to capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory. The Dragon capsule, which previously traveled to the Space Station in February 2017, will be loaded with almost three tons of equipment, food, spare parts and scientific experiments.

The International Space Station now has six crewmembers; three arrived Monday (Dec. 3), and three have been there since June. The private company expects to start launching station crews next year. The others return home on December 20, leaving only three for Christmas dinner, not counting the mice and worms. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June. It weighs in at 5,600 pounds, and while much of the shipment is fairly typical of a resupply mission, there's also a very special holiday dinner packed away that some of the crew members will get to enjoy when Christmas rolls around.

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