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

by Fredrick Graves December 10, 2018, 1:20
SpaceX botched booster landing, but Christmas dinner made it to ISS

After separating from the second stage, and firing its engines to return to Earth, a video camera on board showed the first stage spinning.

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. After managing to break no less than four records just a few days ago, in a turn of events worthy of Murphy's Law, the Falcon 9 rocket that delivered supplies to the ISS missed its mark and crash landed instead.

Company CEO Alan Musk wrote on Twitter, "The grid in hydraulic pump stops, that's why the Falcon could only land in the sea".

SpaceX commentator John Insprooker said, "We have done an excellent lift".

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"Second stage went into great orbit, it was really precise", he added.

SpaceX broke its 2017 record of 18 rocket launches December 3, launching 64 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Seattle aerospace outfit Spaceflight Industries Inc.

Wednesday's mission (CRS-16) was initially scheduled to blast off on Tuesday, but was postponed for a day after the mission team found that the mouse food in one of the science experiments had gone mouldy. After the lift-off, everything went as per the plan including the crucial part where it effectively propelled the cargo-laden Dragon capsule towards the global space station. In the end, the engineers at SpaceX have taken the booster from the land, "prevodnik" it in the Atlantic ocean near the shore at Cape Canaveral.

To the worldwide space station kicked off the sixteenth mission of the cargo ship Dragon under the NASA contract with SpaceX.

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