Splashdown! SpaceX Rocket Topples into Water Following Technical Glitch

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

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

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off successfully at 1:16 pm Eastern Standard Time from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying 2,500 kilos of supplies, including science experiments and food for six astronauts now on board the ISS.

SpaceX and Boeing have signed a contract with NASA to send U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station.

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

It's not every Friday that a 156-foot-tall SpaceX rocket booster is towed to Port Canaveral.

'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.

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A stalled hydraulic pump for one of the booster's grid fins caused it to enter into a rapid spin on its return flight. 'Ships en route to rescue Falcon'. The booster's engines managed to slow it down and stabilize it before the booster extended its landing legs, hit the surface and toppled over.

The effort is aimed at reducing the cost of launches by re-using expensive components, instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after each mission.

The bad food was replaced ahead of Wednesday's launch.

The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday was used once before, on a supply mission in February 2017.

The Dragon is carrying more than 56-hundred pounds of supplies and payloads to the International Space Station, including critical materials to directly support more than 250 science and research investigations.

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