Christmas Dinner Rocketed To International Space Station

Clark Diaz
December 8, 2018

Hans claimed that the water landing was pretty much smooth and today's incident showed how SpaceX's rocket are created to save itself in case if anything goes wrong. The company is contracted with NASA to help bring people in addition to supplies to the space station.

SpaceX has blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship, loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living at the International Space Station - but failed to land the rocket. This launch is scheduled to be the 16 of 20 that SpaceX was contracted to do for NASA. Moreover, SpaceX expects to begin launching space station crew in the following year.

SpaceX CEO and lead designer Elon Musk tweeted that the reusable booster was undamaged and appeared to be transmitting data. During the landing of its first stage fell into the Atlantic ocean. "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". If that wasn't impressive enough, the launch was also SpaceX's 19th launch of the year-the previous record was 18-and it still has three more launches planned before the year is out.

Add that SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 mostly meet the criteria of NASA for manned flights.

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SpaceX's success in landing Falcon 9 first stages and reusing them has become so routine that today's failure is newsworthy even though no other commercial space launch company does this at all. Unfortunately, SpaceX suffered a malfunction when a grin fin hydraulic pump stalled and Falcone landed out to sea. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed. The food bars were replaced and the launch is now ready to go.

Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

Meanwhile, the Dragon cargo capsule was safely on its way to a docking with the station later this week.

The rocket is carrying the Dragon spacecraft in orbit.

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The mission is SpaceX's 16th for NASA, as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space.

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

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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