SpaceX rocket sends worms, liquid fuel to Int'l Space Station

Posted December 08, 2018

SpaceX also attempted to use an enormous net atop an ocean vessel to catch the Falcon's aerodynamic shield over the payload that was jettisoned at high altitude and fell back to Earth. This launch is scheduled to be the 16 of 20 that SpaceX was contracted to do for NASA.

Landing Zone 1 is located only 1,000 feet away from the Atlantic Ocean, which makes a last-minute detoured water landing attainable in the event of a malfunction.

"The first stage did land in the water", SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said during a live webcast. The Monday Soyuz trip marked the first crew flight since an anomaly during launch grounded another crew in October.

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As USA Today notes, the rocket's booster was the first Falcon 9 to launch three missions, an important part of the company's plan to reduce costs by reusing rockets.

The CRS-16 mission is SpaceX's fourth resupply flight to the space station this year, but the first daytime launch in several months. After that is an Iridium launch in January and he anticipates that whatever caused the problem today will be identified and remedied by then.

Falcon 9 successfully launched into orbit 64 satellite. They also do not know exactly when the anomaly began - before or during the entry burn.

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

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

Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging.

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According to Associated Press, a Dragon capsule and its 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of cargo, was launched into space on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Dragon will arrive at the ISS about 6:00 am ET on Saturday morning where it will be grappled using the robotic Canadarm2 and then installed onto one of the ISS docking ports.

The current crew members of the International Space Station comprise two Americans, as many Russians and one German and a Canadian.

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