Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Misses Barge, Makes Water Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Misses Barge, Makes Water Landing

The company expects to start launching station crews next year.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

Watch on NASA TV below, or at NASA's website, or via SpaceX's own webcast. "Now, the good news is we've got a lot of telemetry from it, so we'll be able to understand what happened and work to improve reliability as we always do here at SpaceX".

SpaceX attempted to recovered the reusable first stage of Falcon 9 on land but it lost control and made a water landing in Atlantic Ocean about eight minutes after the liftoff.

This was the first time that a SpaceX rocket missed intact ground landing.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule will be launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, with liftoff scheduled for 10:16 a.m. California time. Musk added that the Falcon 9 appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data.

The rocket launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but officials chose to delay the launch after inspectors found mold on food bars for an experiment involving lab mice.

SpaceX launches shipment carrying Christmas cheer to ISS
SpaceX ISS

"Teams will use the extra day to replace the food bars", NASA announced Tuesday.

The spacecraft, which flew to the space station in February of 2017, is carrying 36,000 roundworms in pouches to the orbiting lab and and if all goes well, about two or three million ones will come back to earth.

Astronauts who are lucky enough to score a gig aboard the International Space Station make a lot of sacrifices in the name of science.

The rocket is carrying the Dragon spacecraft in orbit.

See that small space station?

A SpaceX commentator later called it a 'bummer, ' but noted it was secondary to the main mission of getting the Dragon capsule to orbit.

The timing of the holiday doesn't work out well for three of the crew members now aboard the space station. The Monday Soyuz trip marked the first crew flight since an anomaly during launch grounded another crew in October. But after the second stage separated and continued toward space, the returning first stage twisted and danced in the sky as it plunged towards its landing pad. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June. In all, more than 5,600 pounds of cargo were crammed into the ship and are expected to safely reach the ISS hatch on Friday, December 7.

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