Rocket carrying turkey, fruitcake heads to International Space Station

SpaceX запустила Falcon 9 с дважды побывавшей в космосе первой ступенью

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket on its operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station lifts off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

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

CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter soon after the breathtaking loss of control and expected landing time, stating that the SpaceX team now pegged the failure on a grid fin's stalled hydraulic fin, which ultimately caused the wild spinning seen in the webcast. Musk added that the Falcon 9 appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data.

In a response to someone else's tweet, Musk clarified that SpaceX may use this Falcon 9 "for an internal SpaceX mission", but no further information on that was provided. That ticket gets viewers less than 3.5 miles from the launch pad and gives them a great view of the launch. It should reach the space station Saturday.

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The Falcon 9 rocket launch was scheduled for Tuesday, but the night before liftoff NASA announced technicians found mold on food bars for the space station rodent investigation. Canadarm2) to capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory.

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 spacecraft that will support the CRS-16 mission previously supported the CRS-10 mission in February 2017. It's a badge of honor on the @SpaceX Dragon capsule, launching today! The newest residents will remain on board for six months, while the others will return to Earth on December 20.

Once the Dragon craft arrives it's expected to stay on board attached to the ISS for five weeks until it's sent back to Earth full of research that has finished its time in space and return cargo, according to NASA. Earlier this week, the company launched 64 satellites (and a art project known as the Orbital Reflector) in what was the largest rideshare mission in history.

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