SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

But breaking four records isn't the only thing on SpaceX's plate this week - the company is targeting 1:16 p.m. ET Wednesday for a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral, this time with thousands of pounds of cargo for the International Space Station.

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, or "SmallSat Express", is also SpaceX's first flight to reuse the Falcon 9 first-stage booster a third time. The station's CanadaArm is expected to bring the capsule aboard early Saturday morning.

Unfortunately for SpaceX, the launch of the cargo resupply trip wasn't quite flawless.

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

The launch cargo resupply mission, the 16th carried out by SpaceX, will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

"The launch was moved to Wednesday after mold was found on food bars for a rodent investigation prior to handover to SpaceX", NASA said in a statement late Monday.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the tradition dinner, even in space. The Falcon 9 climbed away to the northeast directly into that orbital plane to enable the planned rendezvous.

Friday will see two separate Chinese rocket launches.

The rocket is carrying the Dragon spacecraft in orbit.

"Falcon fairing halves missed the net, but touched down softly in the water", Musk, SpaceX's chief executive officer, said on Twitter. In other words, Falcon 9 performed fine during ascent and only exhibited off-nominal behavior during the booster's attempted landing after separating from the upper stage and Dragon payload.

Astronauts who are lucky enough to score a gig aboard the International Space Station make a lot of sacrifices in the name of science.

Yet another experiment will study development of retinal implants meant to restore vision to patients with age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June.

See that small space station? It's part of the company's push for reusability to drive down launch costs.

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