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

SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

The launch was postponed by a day as NASA found the food meant for the mice during their space trip to be mouldy.

The Dragon cargo ship successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch. The spacecraft, on its 16th mission for Nasa under the agency's Commercial Resupply Services contract, carries more than 5,600 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies.

The mission got underway at 1:16 p.m. EST (GMT-5) when the Falcon 9's nine Merlin 1C engines ignited with a roar and a torrent of fiery exhaust, quickly pushing the 230-foot-tall booster away from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

It is the first reflight of a Falcon 9 booster for a third time.

The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday was used once before, on a supply mission in February 2017. The company expects to start launching station crews next year.

It is carrying experiments in forest observation, protein crystal growth and in-space fuel transfer demonstration and supplies that will support the crew, station maintenance and dozens of the more than 250 investigations aboard the space station, NASA said in a statement.




Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from California on Monday carrying 64 small satellites into low orbit around the Earth, which the company called the largest-ever "rideshare" mission by a US -based rocket.

It was the first time SpaceX ever failed to land a booster on solid ground, following a string of 12 straight successes.

The mission comes days after India fired a rocket carrying 31 satellites into space. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", Musk tweeted along with a GIF of the first stage spinning during its descent.

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.

When the Dragon arrives, it will join five other spacecraft already at the station. Coverage of Dragon's rendezvous with the space station will begin at about 2:00 a.m. PST, or 10:00 UTC, on Saturday, December 8.

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

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