SpaceX launches space station cargo ship


In what has become a rare sight, the Falcon 9 vertical on the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station awaiting blast off is a new rocket.

However, the video also showed how the rocket appeared to retrieve control just before it made an unplanned landing in the ocean.

The reusable first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket tumbled out of control and landed into the Atlantic ocean during an attempted ground landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1 at about 1:25 p.m.

A SpaceX commentator called it a "bummer", but noted it was secondary to the Falcon 9 rocket's main mission of getting the Dragon capsule to orbit.

Add that SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 mostly meet the criteria of NASA for manned flights.

The Dragon spacecraft will travel for about two days before astronauts used the station's robotic arm to berth it, unloading about 2,500 kilograms of tools, supplies and equipment.

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.

The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday, but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system. It was 20 years ago, the same December week that Cabana directed a space shuttle mission carrying the first ever United States part of ISS. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

See that small space station? The private company expects to start launching station crews next year.

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.

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.