SpaceX botched booster landing, but Christmas dinner made it to ISS


Falcon 9 is now the only reusable rocket booster, which is a major selling point for SpaceX.

For failure, the first stage of a reusable launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 landed nearly on the shores of Florida. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote. The booster, No. B1050, was still transmitting data back to SpaceX after it landed in the water.

Television cameras switched away from the rocket a moment before impact, but amateur video showed the rocket extending its landing legs and slowing for landing on the power of a single engine, the normal procedure for touchdown.

The Dragon cargo ship successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch.

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The mission lifted off at 10:16 am PST (01:16 p.m. EST), from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Falcon 9 booster, which made a watery landing Wednesday following a mission to resupply the International Space Station, was retrieved from the water off the coast of the Cape late Friday morning.

SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said that the team will use the telemetry from the first-stage booster to find out the reason behind the failed landing.

It was the first time SpaceX ever failed to land a booster on solid ground, following a string of 12 straight successes. After the lift-off, everything went as per the plan including the crucial part where it effectively propelled the cargo-laden Dragon capsule towards the worldwide space station. Through this cargo, Species was sending supplies science experiments and food to astronauts living at the International Space Station.