SpaceX launches cargo but fails to land rocket

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The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:16 p.m. local time.

Today, 5 December 2018, after a daily postponement the carrier rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX needs otpraviti cargo spacecraft Dragon to the worldwide space station (ISS) with 2.5 tons of cargo.

Falcon 9 is now the only reusable rocket booster, which is a major selling point for SpaceX.

This was SpaceX's sixteenth supply mission to the International Space Station.

Later it became known that the ship was successfully launched into orbit.

The first stage rocket had separated normally several minutes after the lift-off, but as it approached the landing site, it started spinning rapidly.

A stalled hydraulic pump for one of the booster's grid fins caused it to enter into a rapid spin on its return flight.

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'Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. The moment was captured on video and shared on Twitter by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk even though the official SpaceX feed cut away from the rocket as it came down. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote.

Just like the Falcon 9 booster used on the SmallSat mission, the Dragon spacecraft was used in missions before.

Ocean platform landings have proven a bit trickier, but SpaceX has managed to stick the landing, whether on land or sea, 32 times in all.

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. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

Other experiments among the more than 250 on board include a new kind of mustard green lettuce that astronauts will grow in space. It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station's robot arm.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

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