The mission also marks SpaceX's 20th launch of the year.
SpaceX confirmed "an anomaly" in the fins that guide the rocket back to Earth. It marked the first time the same booster flew three separate missions. The Falcon 9 climbed away to the northeast directly into that orbital plane to enable the planned rendezvous.
The rocket hovered just over the water, then toppled out of view - the first failure over land in the last 12 tries, though that's not quite how one of SpaceX's top engineers painted it.
The booster continued to function after it landed in the water, going through its automated safeing process and transmitting data. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed.
Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging.
At the moment of liftoff, the space station was flying 250 miles above the Indian Ocean south of Australia, but the plane of its orbit was sweeping across the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as the Earth rotated under it. The Dragon spacecraft used by NASA and SpaceX to send the supplies to the station is expected to arrive there Saturday.
And the Dragon brings a special treat for one class of spacecraft: It's carrying a satellite deployment system called SlingShot that can fit inside the Cygnus spacecraft's berth to deploy up to 18 cubesats. This is SpaceX's 16th Commercial Resupply Services mission for NASA (or CRS-16, for short).
See that small space station? It was also reported that SpaceX and NASA will experience a passenger Crew Dragon capsule. It's the first time that's happened since the groundbreaking launch of the company's Falcon Heavy spacecraft in February. The newest residents will remain on board for six months, while the others will return to Earth on December 20. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June. According to Space.com, if all goes according to plan, the Dragon will reach the space station three days from now, and the ISS crew can start unpacking the load.
It's time to watch The Game Awards together
This means the livestream will start at 8:30pm EST on Thursday, December 6 or on Friday, December 7 at 1:30am GMT / 12:30pm AEDT. We can definitely expect more announcements, however, so check out 5 predictions of what else we'll see .
Police give all clear after bomb threat at NY offices
Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. In a tweet , CNN's Brian Stelter said the office had been evacuated and that CNN was airing taped programming.
UK's Brexit vote to go ahead on schedule
She suggested MPs could be "given a role" in deciding whether to activate the backstop, which is created to stop the return of a physical border.