SpaceX ship sends holiday cheer to Space Station
- Author: Joe Gonzales Dec 10, 2018,
Dec 10, 2018, 1:20
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off carrying the Dragon spacecraft at Cape Canaveral on December 5, 2018.
Booster Falcon 9 company SpaceX on Wednesday, December 5, started with a cargo spacecraft Dragon went to the global space station (ISS).
Wednesday's mission (CRS-16) was initially scheduled to blast off on Tuesday, but was postponed for a day after the mission team found that the mouse food in one of the science experiments had gone mouldy.
SpaceX's successful Falcon 9 rocket launch proved to be quite a spectacle for viewers and was considered a success despite the lost booster.
"We have had a great liftoff", said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker.
According to Musk, the rocket could still be re-used as its engines stabilised the spin just in time to ensure an intact landing in water.
To the worldwide space station kicked off the sixteenth mission of the cargo ship Dragon under the NASA contract with SpaceX.
This is the first time that SpaceX has failed to land the booster on the ground.
Note, the first stage of the Falcon 9 fell into the Atlantic ocean trying to get back to the launch site in Florida.
Alan Musk is the current CEO of SpaceX.
Some space-watchers griped about SpaceX cutting away from the botched landing in their live-stream of the event.
The establishment of the agency aims to reduce the cost of the space transport and establish the human habitation on Mars house.
American Space Agency NASA has contracted with the private companies to send material for the ISS.