SpaceX botched booster landing, but Christmas dinner made it to ISS

Christopher Davidson
December 8, 2018

While the Dragon capsule is now on its way to the ISS, the rocket's spent first stage rocket failed to land properly at its designated "Landing Zone 1" pad along the Cape Canaveral coast.

Meanwhile, an attempt to recover the booster's first stage ended in failure when the booster appeared to spin out of control during its final descent, settling to an off-target "landing" in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the launch site.

'Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea, ' Musk wrote on Twitter.

"The important point here is we have a safety function on board that makes sure the vehicle does not go on land until everything is OK, and that worked perfectly", SpaceX vice president Hans Koenisgman said.

This is the first time that SpaceX has failed to land the booster on the ground.

Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo was launched at 1:16 pm from Cape Canaveral (Florida).

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In spite of this space has created a series of Falcon Rockets.

The mission lifted off at 10:16 am PST (01:16 p.m. EST), from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk (Elon Musk) met with an Assistant Director of NASA to discuss the upcoming test flight of the manned spacecraft, which is crucial for SpaceX to become NASA's first manned space mission.

The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system.

Dragon is slated to rendezvous with the orbiting lab early Saturday and re-enter Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California in January, according to NASA. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

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