SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

SpaceX's CRS-16 mission has been delayed on account of moldy mice food

The hydraulic pump for the landing fins apparently stalled, but the engines stabilized the approximately 160-foot-tall booster just in time, allowing for "an intact landing", Musk noted via Twitter.

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.

SpaceX quickly cut the live feed from the rocket as it began to spin out of control.

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The CRS-16 mission launched supplies to the ISS on Wednesday, but the booster headed for the landing pad missed and landed in the water instead, ending SpaceX's ideal record of 12 previous successful landings.

SpaceX has failed to land its Falcon 9 rocket on its landing pad at Cape Canaveral for the first time since it began recovering its Falcon 9 rockets.

A hot potato: After numerous successful launches this year, SpaceX has encountered a slight problem during the first stage landing of a Falcon 9.

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Moments later, it said 'It appears stage 1 has made a water landing off the coast of Cape Canaveral'. It should reach the space station Saturday. The company also lands boosters on its drone ships in the ocean, but all of its land landings had been successful - until now. "Recovery ship dispatched", Musk tweeted. These steerable, waffle-like devices help the rocket guide itself toward a landing site while returning to Earth, then stabilize the booster during landing. "Given this event, we will likely add a backup", Musk tweeted. "It knows where buildings are, so it's pretty smart in that aspect", he said of the landing system on the booster. In the background, viewers could still hear the team on-console making callouts as the rocket's landing burn started, culminating in a call for the landing team to "move to contingency procedure [s]", the only SpaceX affirmation that something went wrong.

This marks SpaceX's 16th mission to the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule will deliver more than 5,600 pounds of food and supplies to the crew, as well as scientific experiments, including the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, which will measure the impact of climate change on the world's forests. Twenty years ago this week, Cabana commanded the shuttle mission that carried up the first US part of the space station.

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