SpaceX suffers ‘bummer’ landing, first-stage booster crashes into ocean

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.

The first stage, meanwhile, tried to come back for a vertical landing at Cape Canaveral.

The failure of a Falcon 9 first stage to make its planned landing after a December 5 launch shouldn't affect plans for upcoming launches, a SpaceX executive said.

On Wednesday, we witnessed a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch a Dragon capsule destined for the International Space Station to orbit, but it just missed its land landing after a bad case of the spins.

"Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data".

While the first stage booster did not land as intended, the fact that it survived the descent is no small feat.

The CRS-16 mission is SpaceX's fourth resupply flight to the space station this year, but the first daytime launch in several months. In the background, viewers could still hear the team on-console making callouts as the rocket's landing burn started, culminating in a call for the landing team to "move to contingency procedure [s]", the only SpaceX affirmation that something went wrong. Musk also indicated that ships were en route to retrieve the booster.

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

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- Three days and 3,000 miles apart, SpaceX is aiming for their second launch this week, this time with a cargo flight to the space station. Twenty years ago this week, Cabana commanded the shuttle mission that carried up the first US part of the space station.

Researchers expect a tenfold increase in the worm population. There will be plenty of room on board for all the tiny nematodes long.

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.

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.

For decades rocket stages were built, used once, and then essentially disposed of when they were allowed to fall back to Earth and be largely destroyed upon impact with the ocean.

SpaceX has been making station deliveries for NASA since 2012.

Today's launch marked the second flight for this particular Dragon capsule, which was flown to the space station and back past year.

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