Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style

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And earlier today (Wednesday Dec. 5th), SpaceX launched its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station (ISS). The company will, however, attempt to land the first stage of the rocket back at Cape Canaveral for re-use in future missions.

The hydraulic pump for the landing fins apparently stalled, but the engines stabilised the approximately 50m-tall booster just in time, allowing for "an intact landing in water!"

"Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data".

The mission was SpaceX's 16th mission for NASA as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space. Moreover, when the rocket successfully landed on the court - delivering the ongoing mission of the SSO-A SmallSat Express more than 60 satellites from 35 partners to orbit - SpaceX experts also noted that the missile does not require any lengthy and complicated fix work, thereby indicating that subsequent start will be made, apparently, without any visible technical changes.

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.

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Other experiments among the more than 250 on board include a new kind of mustard green lettuce that astronauts will grow in space. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space. Six spacecraft is the maximum the space station has held, according to NASA spokesperson Dan Huot.

And the Dragon brings a special treat for one class of spacecraft: It's carrying a satellite deployment system called SlingShot that can fit inside the Cygnus spacecraft's berth to deploy up to 18 cubesats. The Dragon capsule, which previously traveled to the Space Station in February 2017, will be loaded with almost three tons of equipment, food, spare parts and scientific experiments. The crew-carrying version of Dragon is scheduled to fly a test mission next month, and if all goes well, will carry astronauts to the station later in the year in what would be the first crewed flight from USA soil since the space shuttles retired in 2011. The newest residents will remain on board for six months, while the others will return to Earth on December 20.

And last, but not least, the Monday launch marked the 19th such operation this year, an unprecedented achievement by a single company.

It will arrive with more than 5,500 pounds of supplies and research to support hundreds of experiments that are happening on board the ISS.

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