SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

After mice food delay, SpaceX set for space station resupply launch Wednesday

After mice food delay, SpaceX set for space station resupply launch Wednesday

SpaceX's 12 previous ground landings - dating back to 2015 - all were successful. However, today's launch didn't quite prove to be a smooth affair for the Elon Musk's space company.

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying almost 6,000 pound of research equipment, cargo and supplies has successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said on Thursday. It's SpaceX's 16th cargo mission as part of its contract with NASA. The mission also marks SpaceX's 20th launch of the year.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vaulted off the pad from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Monday, tearing its way through unusually clear blue skies on a path to secure at least four company records before deploying dozens of spacecraft.

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. The Falcon 9 climbed away to the northeast directly into that orbital plane to enable the planned rendezvous.

On Wednesday, we witnessed a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch a Dragon capsule destined for the International Space Station to orbit, but it just missed its land landing after a bad case of the spins.

The stage made a soft landing on the water and continued to transmit data.

Today's launch was delayed by a day on short notice thanks to some moldy mouse chow.

Those who had tickets to Tuesday's launch from LC-39 were in luck because the Kennedy Space Center was going to honor those tickets for the launch Wednesday.

"They're a great model for using to study human changes, even though they're just a 1-mm-long worm", said Timothy Etheridge, the principal investigator of the mission. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space. According to NASA officials, there are two Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which bring crewmembers to the station; two Russian Progress spacecraft; and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft.

It is expected to reach the ISS on Saturday.

See that small space station?

While SpaceX is disappointed at the unsuccessful landing, its customer, NASA, is delighted with the successful Dragon launch.

The International Space Station now has six crewmembers; three arrived Monday (Dec. 3), and three have been there since June.

Minutes later, the rocket's first stage performed a so-called boost back maneuver and landed on an unmanned ship in the Pacific.

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