SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

The spacecraft, on its 16th mission for NASA under the agency's Commercial Resupply Services contract, lifted off to the ISS at 1.16 p.m. EST on Wednesday on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Videos swirling across the internet shows that the booster got out of the control as it headed towards the designated landing spot.

Wednesday's Falcon rocket was brand new, while the Dragon cargo carrier was recycled by SpaceX.

Today's mission is especially significant for Elon Musk's company.

The shipment was launched on a SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket that blasted off the clear, blue sky. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", Musk tweeted along with a GIF of the first stage spinning during its descent. The rocket landing was not required for SpaceX's main mission: delivering 5,600 lbs. Instead, it made an nearly flawless landing on the ocean about two miles offshore.

It seems that once the stalled fin extended fully, the rocket nearly regained control and came in for a landing almost like normal, but off target, in the water.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 makes a splashdown after having problems approaching its planned landing zone.

This was the first time that a SpaceX rocket missed intact ground landing. He told the media that public safety was protected well here. According to the CRS-16 mission overview, after the Cygnus leaves the space station for the first time, it can navigate to a higher orbit and release the cubesats.

If all goes well, the spacecraft will reach the station around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, pulling up to within about 30 feet and then standing by while station commander Alexander Gerst, operating the lab's robot arm, locks onto a grapple fixture.

Along with the food, 40 mice and 36,000 worms were also sent to the space for study objective.

Researchers expect a tenfold increase in the worm population. Besides, a study also shows that the muscles in worms are the same in function and structure to human muscles thus making them the ideal subject to carry out a study, said researcher Timothy Etheridge.

The launch was delayed for a day after NASA discovered that the food for the mouse-tronauts was moldy because of contamination. More food was rushed in from California. It also becomes the 20th overall launch conducted by Elon Musk's company in a single year, an absolute record for any space operator, be it government-owned or privately operated.

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