SpaceX rocket still floating in Atlantic Ocean after botched ground landing

SpaceX rocket still floating in Atlantic Ocean after botched ground landing

The Dragon spacecraft, carrying almost 3 tons of science and supplies, is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.

In this image taken from NASA Television, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches the robotic arm for docking to the International Space Station, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

The rocket Falcon 9 production for 16 SpaceX mission to the ISS is scheduled from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida (USA).

"Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet after the missed landing. The wet landing was gentle enough that the rocket remains intact.

The rocket's first stage went into the water instead of touching down on land.

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In a statement the Pentagon said: "We watch North Korea very closely but we can not discuss intelligence". A series of United Nations resolutions require North Korea to give up its ballistic missile program.

The US military described Wednesday's mission as "a successful launch but a non-nominal landing".

Later, Musk posted the full video from on board the booster, showing the rocket spiral, then stabilize, then crash sideways into the water.

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. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote. "If they're able to tow the booster back in, it's going to be the first time seeing one towed in like that".

The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday was used once before, on a supply mission in February 2017. Through this cargo, Species was sending supplies science experiments and food to astronauts living at the International Space Station.

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