The mission lifted off at 10:16 am PST (01:16 p.m. EST), from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "Capture by @Space_Station crew set for early Saturday morning", SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, tweeted shortly after launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
Luckily, the mission controllers were able to stabilize the rocket in time with some bursts from the engine, bringing the first stage in for a soft landing on water off the coast of Florida. "Some landing systems are not redundant, as landing is considered ground safety critical, but not mission critical", he wrote.
On Monday afternoon, SpaceX successfully launched a 4.6-ton Dragon cargo spaceship full of supplies and experiments to astronauts in orbit.
During re-entry and landing burns that began around 6 minutes and 8 minutes respectively into the flight, one or more of the booster's grid fin hydraulic pumps stalled, sending the plummeting rocket off course from its planned landing site. It should reach the space station at the weekend.
'Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data.
In an extraordinary bit of live footage, SpaceX's first Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft was topped by a spectacular partial failure of the Block 5 booster during its attempted recovery at Landing Zone-1 (LZ-1).
Crackdown on Italian mob prompts dozens of arrests in Europe
European police agency Europol called it a "decisive hit against one of the most powerful Italian criminal networks in the world". Wednesday's raids come a day after the new suspected head of the Cosa Nostra and 45 other alleged gangsters were arrested.
Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability, offered a similar explanation at a post-launch briefing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
SpaceX is already the leading name in the realm of private space flight with many firsts to its name, but the company's most recent launch landed it in the record books multiple times over.
Researchers expect a tenfold increase in the worm population. It turns out their muscles are similar to ours in structure and function, making them ideal lab substitutes, said lead scientist Timothy Etheridge of the University of Exeter in England.
The launch was delayed for a day because of a problem with food for the mice. The company's next launch, of the first Global Positioning System 3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force, is scheduled for no earlier than December 18, followed by the launch of the final 10 Iridium Next satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California no earlier than December 30. The crew includes two Americans, two Russians, one German and one Canadian. The others return home on December 20, leaving only three for Christmas dinner, not counting the mice and worms.
SpaceX has been making station deliveries for NASA since 2012.
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