SpaceX set to send cargo to space station

SpaceX запустила Falcon 9 с дважды побывавшей в космосе первой ступенью

It's the first time that's happened since the groundbreaking launch of the company's Falcon Heavy spacecraft in February.

The mold had grown on food for 40 mice which, along with 36,000 worms, were also shipped to the space station for aging and muscle studies. The ship made it into space just fine, but the reusable rocket stage that was supposed to have a soft landing on dry land ended up splashing down in the ocean instead.

The cause of the rocket's spin, according to Musk, was a stalling out of one of the rocket's "grid fin hydraulic pump".

Hundreds of people lined West Ocean Avenue just outside of Lompoc and Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 3 to witness a historic SpaceX rocket launch.

The rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:16 p.m. local time, a little more than 48 hours after SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 to space from the West Coast on Monday.

It seems that once the stalled fin extended fully, the rocket nearly regained control and came in for a landing almost like normal, but off target, in the water.

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Company SpaceX is really surprising even those fans of space technologies that are sufficiently well versed in them - today, the talented team proved once again that the vision of Elon musk for renewable in the use of missiles is becoming more and more form.

He later added that the rocket appeared in good shape, and could be reused on a future mission.

SpaceX's 12 previous ground landings - dating back to 2015 - all were successful.

Landing Zone 1 is located only 1,000 feet away from the Atlantic Ocean, which makes a last-minute detoured water landing attainable in the event of a malfunction. Falcon 9 first launched on 4 June 2010, and since that time it underwent two substantial changes.

The spacecraft will also carry a module to test robotically refueling liquid methane; an instrument that will use near-infrared lasers to measure the heights of Earth's forests; an experiment that will measure how bacteria biofilms grow in microgravity; a setup to grow large, pure protein crystals for analysis; and two student projects from NASA's and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Space Station Challenge. (2,500 kilograms) of supplies to the space station's six-person crew.

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