The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off carrying the Dragon spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Wednesday.
Today's incident marks the first time the Falcon has failed to land at designated spot (solid ground) ever since SpaceX began recovering boosters. 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.
Booster Falcon 9 company SpaceX on Wednesday, December 5, started with a cargo spacecraft Dragon went to the worldwide space station (ISS).
While the Dragon capsule is now on its way to the ISS, the rocket's spent first stage rocket failed to land properly at its designated "Landing Zone 1" pad along the Cape Canaveral coast. The booster, No. B1050, was still transmitting data back to SpaceX after it landed in the water.
A stalled hydraulic pump for one of the booster's grid fins caused it to enter into a rapid spin on its return flight.
The best thing for NASA and SpaceX is the success so far of the mission.
The US military described Wednesday's mission as "a successful launch but a non-nominal landing".
The grid fins are used to stabilize the booster, which managed to stabilize at the last minute, enabling the rocket to make a gentle landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
What is Falcon 9?This is rocket, belonging to the class of Falcon. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.
Dragon is slated to rendezvous with the orbiting lab early Saturday and re-enter Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California in January, according to NASA.