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08 December 2018, 06:28 | Dale Webster
Watch live: After delay, SpaceX to launch space station resupply mission
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars upward after lifting off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:30 p.m. EDT, on April 2, 2018, carrying the SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft.
Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. However, today's launch didn't quite prove to be a smooth affair for the Elon Musk's space company. At least three more launches - two from Cape Canaveral, one from Vandenberg - are expected before the year is out.
"The first stage did land in the water", SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said during a live webcast. This was to be the twenty-seventh time that SpaceX had managed to successfully retrieve a first stage booster. The fact that the team officially confirmed yesterday's successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket for which the current session was the third in a row - and this is not surprising, considering the truly long-term operation. 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", Musk noted via Twitter.
After it released its payload into Earth's orbit, the SpaceX booster was recovered safely in the Pacific Ocean, according to a SpaceX spokesperson.
Now the re-launch of the Falcon 9 rocket costs about $ 50 million.
The nonmoldy food bars and their corresponding mice, which will support the study of aging-related effects in space, are among the components for 38 new investigations on the Dragon spacecraft, NASA officials said.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule will be launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, with liftoff scheduled for 10:16 a.m. California time.
'Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. Canadarm2) to capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory. Three of the scientists are rapidly nearing the end of their stay in space and will be headed back to Earth on December 20th, leaving the three ISS residents that arrived a few days ago to enjoy the Christmas meal.
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