After mice food delay, SpaceX set for space station resupply launch Wednesday

After mice food delay, SpaceX set for space station resupply launch Wednesday

SpaceX successfully launched a cargo ship to the International Space Station on December 5th.

Dragon will now soon arrive at the Space Station Saturday carrying more than 5,600 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware.

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.

The 10:34 a.m. Pacific Time (1:34 p.m. ET) mission, labeled SSO-A for Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, took 64 spacecraft in a specially designed deployer to orbit, but not before the rocket's booster became the star of the show with a liftoff and drone ship landing. CEO Elon Musk further noted that Falcon 9 B1050 - despite landing in the ocean - was intact and still transmitting telemetry, potentially allowing SpaceX to still recovery the forlorn rocket.

Koenigsmann said the booster deliberately avoided land after sensing a problem, a built-in safety feature, and even managed to touch down upright in the Atlantic, atop its landing legs.

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Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea.

Unfortunately for SpaceX, the launch of the cargo resupply trip wasn't quite ideal. Remarkably, it seems SpaceX may still be able to recover the rocket.

Coverage is expected to begin on NASA TV around 12:45 p.m. EST Wednesday ahead of the 1:16 p.m. launch.

Experiments onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule include studies on wound healing in space, as well as two studies by students inspired by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" will also launch to the orbiting laboratory. According to NASA, the Rocket experiment will test the reliability in space of a dental glue activated by ultraviolet light, while the Groot experiment will explore an alternative method for watering plants in a zero-gravity environment. According to NASA officials, there are two Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which bring crewmembers to the station; two Russian Progress spacecraft; and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft.

See that small space station? However, today's launch didn't quite prove to be a smooth affair for the Elon Musk's space company.

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