Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
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Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style

Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style

SpaceX on Wednesday had trouble sticking the landing with one of its reusable rockets. The private company expects to start launching station crews next year.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 makes a splashdown after having problems approaching its planned landing zone.

Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. SpaceX's live launch webcast will begin about 20 minutes before liftoff.

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from California on Monday carrying 64 small satellites into low orbit around the Earth, which the company called the largest-ever "rideshare" mission by a USA -based rocket.

Falcon 9 B1050 fought til the end, coming to a shockingly soft landing despite spinning rapidly.

"Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

The Falcon 9 is equipped with four fins that rise perpendicular to the body of the rocket as the craft descends, to help slow and control its approach for landing.

"Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched", Musk wrote, latter adding: "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission".

The mission, SpaceX´s 16th for NASA as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space, successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch.

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 failed landing was a first for a return-to-launch-site landing. The Dragon capsule will deliver more than 5,600 pounds of food and supplies to the crew, as well as scientific experiments, including the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, which will measure the impact of climate change on the world's forests.

Watch the launch live on beginning at 1 p.m.

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