SpaceX launches resupply mission to International Space Station

BLAST OFF:A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 3

BLAST OFF:A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 3

On Wednesday, a holiday shipment carrying Christmas turkey combined with candied yams, cranberry sauce as well as fruitcake was launched to deliver the supplies to ISS (International Space Station).

The most recent previous landing failure for SpaceX was the core first-stage booster on its debut Falcon Heavy launch; the two side boosters made a flashy synchronized landing, but the central booster crashed.

Based in Seattle, Washington, Spaceflight helps companies like SpaceX identify, book, and manage rideshare launches like the one on December 3.

The Dragon capsule filed with supplies for Wednesday's liftoff previously launched last February on another supply run. Instead of landing at SpaceX's designated landing pad, it ended up submerging in the Atlantic Ocean - just off the Florida coast. Viewers were greeted with clear skies as the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket carried 64 different spacecraft from 34 separate organizations as part of the Spaceflight Industries SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission.

Groans filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, as live video showed the first-stage rocket booster spinning out of control, still high above Cape Canaveral.

Add that SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 mostly meet the criteria of NASA for manned flights.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a grid fin hydraulic pump stalled was the likely cause of the failed landing attempt.

The launch was initially scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed due to *checks note* moldy mouse food.

In late August, sensors detected a small pressure drop in the station's air supply that was traced to a leak in the upper habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 vehicle. The private company expects to start launching station crews next year.

Astronaut Anne McClain, also from NASA, will monitor telemetry during the spacecraft's approach.

European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst and NASA's Serena Aunon - who are already aboard the ISS - will use the space station's robotic arm to capture the Dragon when it arrives two days later.

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev will head back to Earth Dec. 20 after six and a half months in space - but not before helping out with unpacking the Dragon!

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