Watch SpaceX blast off to the ISS live online HERE

Pablo Tucker
December 8, 2018

The launch cargo resupply mission, the 16th carried out by SpaceX, will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

Most recently, a Falcon 9 that launched from California included a booster with two previous launches under its belt.

Monday witnessed both a Soyuz rocket blasting three newcomers to the ISS and a Falcon 9 rocket taking 64 smallsats into orbit 310 miles (500 km) above Earth. An automatic system within the booster sensed the problem, and sent the booster toward a "water landing" in the Atlantic.


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a grid fin hydraulic pump stalled was the likely cause of the failed landing attempt.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday morning.

Astronauts who are lucky enough to score a gig aboard the International Space Station make a lot of sacrifices in the name of science. Remarkably, it seems SpaceX may still be able to recover the rocket. At the moment, SpaceX is really inspired with his success against models of Falcon 9, and will probably continue his experiments with the rocket - however, it remains only to wait for that.


The nonmoldy food bars and their corresponding mice, which will support the study of aging-related effects in space, are among the components for 38 new investigations on the Dragon spacecraft, NASA officials said.

'Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. NASA was working Tuesday to replace the rotten food in time for 1:16 p.m. launch time Wednesday. Canadarm2) to capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory.

See that small space station? According to Space.com, if all goes according to plan, the Dragon will reach the space station three days from now, and the ISS crew can start unpacking the load. SpaceX is expected to conduct an uncrewed test launch of its passenger craft in 2019 and then conduct its first crewed test later in the year. The newest residents will remain on board for six months, while the others will return to Earth on December 20.


Flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston will take over at that point, operating the arm by remote control to pull the Dragon in for berthing at the Earth-facing port of the station's forward Harmony module.

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