SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

Clark Diaz
December 10, 2018

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Wednesday, December 5, from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but after successfully propelling the Dragon capsule, loaded with cargo and supplies, on its way to the International Space Station, the rocket malfunctioned on its return to Earth and spiraled into a failed landing.

The owner of SpaceX Elon Musk on this occasion, wrote on Twitter that a bad landing caused by a problem with a hydraulic pump.

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

The best thing for NASA and SpaceX is the success so far of the mission.

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"It seems that the stage is not damaged and is sending data".

The launch marked the fourth flight of the Hawthorne-based aerospace firm's $62 million reusable Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster, which reportedly failed to land properly because of hydraulics issues.

"The engines in time stabilized the rotation of the rocket, allowing for a safe landing in the water!" 'Ships en route to rescue Falcon'.

In the end, the engineers at SpaceX have taken the booster from the land.

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

The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday, but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

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