Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

On Wednesday, a holiday shipment carrying Christmas turkey combined with candied yams, cranberry sauce as well as fruitcake was launched to deliver the supplies to ISS (International Space Station).

The SpaceX booster missed its landing zone on the ground after liftoff, however, and ended up in the sea just a couple of miles offshore.

The Falcon 9 will blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was the first time a rocket has been used for a third time.

SpaceX confirmed "an anomaly" in the fins that guide the rocket back to Earth. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", Musk tweeted along with a GIF of the first stage spinning during its descent. "Nothing wrong with a little swim", Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Inc, said on Twitter. Ships en route to rescue Falcon'. He does not know yet if the booster could be reused.

An automatic system within the booster sensed the problem, and sent the booster toward a "water landing" in the Atlantic. "Public safety was well-protected here", Hans Koenigsmann offered after the launch.

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Dragon will be filled with more than 5,600 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.

About 10 minutes after the launch, the spacecraft reached its preliminary orbit, then deployed its solar arrays, starting multiple thruster firings to reach the space station. Bob Cabana, director, Kennedy Space Center said that it was a great day to perform the launch. Wednesday's launch was called CRS-16, because it is the sixteenth of twenty awarded by NASA to SpaceX.

Along with the food, 40 mice and 36,000 worms were also sent to the space for study objective.

The scientists expect that there will be a huge increase in the population of worms which the space station will be able to accommodate. There will be plenty of room on board for all the tiny nematodes.

It turns out their muscles are similar to ours in structure and function, making them flawless lab substitutes, said lead scientist Timothy Etheridge of the University of Exeter in England. Today's SpaceX launch was previously postponed after mould was found on food bars in the cargo hold.

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