SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS

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Elon Musk, the chief executive of SpaceX, said in a series of tweets that a hydraulic pump used for the grid fins malfunctioned, which prevented them from working properly and leading to the stage spinning up.

The rest of the CRS-16 launch proceeded perfectly, with the Dragon spacecraft entering successful orbit, deploying its solar arrays, and beginning its chase of the ISS.

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

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Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station today, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake.

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into to orbit on Wednesday, carrying supplies to the ISS. The mission was also historic because it involved a booster making its third successful landing.

But the tall portion of the rocket missed its goal of securing an upright landing on the solid ground at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1.

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Later, Musk posted the full video from on board the booster, showing the rocket spiral, then stabilize, then crash sideways into the water. His interest in space, and his background in journalism and public relations suit him for his focus on research and development activities at NASA Glenn Research Center, and its Plum Brook Station testing facility, both in northeastern Ohio. "Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data". The booster remained intact, according to Musk, who said ships were sent out to recover the rocket.

"It's really wonderful how it stopped rotating at the very end as the landing legs come out", Koenigsmann said. At that time, 4,000 pounds of returning cargo will make its way back down to the Pacific Ocean just off the coast from Baja, California. "Given this event, we will likely add a backup pump & lines", he tweeted. "It knows where buildings are, so it's pretty smart in that aspect", he said of the landing system on the booster.

SpaceX on Wednesday had trouble sticking the landing with one of its reusable rockets.

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SpaceX is already the leading name in the realm of private space flight with many firsts to its name, but the company's most recent launch landed it in the record books multiple times over. Although it is nearly without a doubt too early to actually know if the booster is in good enough condition to ever fly again, Musk seemed to directly suggest that it could eventually relaunch in support of an "internal SpaceX mission", basically either Starlink or tech development.

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