Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-16)

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. SpaceX usually lands the rocket's booster and refurbishes it for another flight.

"Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data".

The cause of the rocket's spin, according to Musk, was a stalling out of one of the rocket's "grid fin hydraulic pump". It was the first missed landing at Cape Canaveral. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he tweeted.

One will carry the Chang'e 4 mission - an attempt to make the first-ever successful landing on the far side of the Moon.

"What a great day for a launch", said Kennedy Space Center director Bob Cabana.

Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging.

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NASA and SpaceX have targeted today, Wednesday December 5, to launch their 16th SpaceX mission to the ISS.

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.

It 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. More food had to be rushed in from California.

Just two days earlier, three astronauts arrived at the space station to join the three already there.

Anne McClain, an American who studied at Bath and Bristol universities, and Canadian David Saint-Jacques, who studied at Cambridge University, launched from Kazakhstan in a Russian Soyuz on Monday. The Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-January.

SpaceX has been making station deliveries for NASA since 2012. It's the first time that's happened since the groundbreaking launch of the company's Falcon Heavy spacecraft in February.

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