SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Spins Out Of Control, Lands In Ocean

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According to NASA, one of the experiments being sent to the space station involves mice, but before Tuesday's launch, "mold was found on food bars" for the rodent investigation.

Falcon 9 successfully launched into orbit 64 satellite.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

"If there [are] delays because of the weather and we can't make the timeline then we'll stand down", Koenigsmann, vice president of Build and Flight Reliability at SpaceX said Monday at a NASA press conference at Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the company's first missed ground landing, although it has overshot floating barges plenty of times in the past, a tougher feat to pull off. The hydraulic pump for the landing fins apparently stalled, but the engines stabilized the approximately 160-foot-tall booster just in time, allowing for "an intact landing in water!"

Experiments onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule include studies on wound healing in space, as well as two studies by students inspired by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" will also launch to the orbiting laboratory.

At the moment of liftoff, the space station was flying 250 miles above the Indian Ocean south of Australia, but the plane of its orbit was sweeping across the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as the Earth rotated under it.

The first stage was previously launched and recovered during missions in May and August as part of a program meant to make the equipment capable of being used 10 or more times without refurbishment. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", Musk tweeted along with a GIF of the first stage spinning during its descent.

The launch cargo resupply mission, the 16th carried out by SpaceX, will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that headed skyward this week is carrying a whole bunch of important cargo.

The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday was used once before, on a supply mission in February 2017. It, together with the ship Crew Dragon will with slight modifications be used to derive astronauts into orbit and return them to the Earth.

See that small space station?

Astronaut Anne McClain, also from NASA, will monitor telemetry during the spacecraft's approach.

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