SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket but fails to make the Landing Spot

The Falcon 9 launched with no problems

The first stage rocket had separated normally several minutes after the lift-off, but as it approached the landing site, it started spinning rapidly.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off carrying the Dragon spacecraft at Cape Canaveral on December 5, 2018. "Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data".

The rocket engines compensated somewhat for the spin, and by the time the rocket hit the water, its fin had emerged.

The US military described Wednesday's mission as "a successful launch but a non-nominal landing".

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Company CEO Alan Musk wrote on Twitter, "The grid in hydraulic pump stops, that's why the Falcon could only land in the sea".

John Insprucker also revealed that rocket's second stage was precise. "All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA", he added.

The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday, but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system. In the end, the engineers at SpaceX have taken the booster from the land, "prevodnik" it in the Atlantic ocean near the shore at Cape Canaveral. This mission is NASA's 16th mission of SpaceX, which is part of a long-term contract to deliver supplies in space.

The bad food was replaced ahead of Wednesday s launch. After the lift-off, everything went as per the plan including the crucial part where it effectively propelled the cargo-laden Dragon capsule towards the worldwide space station.

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