After delay, SpaceX to launch space station resupply mission


NASA and SpaceX have targeted today, Wednesday December 5, to launch their 16th SpaceX mission to the ISS.

Today's incident marks the first time the Falcon has failed to land at designated spot (solid ground) ever since SpaceX began recovering boosters.

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

Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, making company history. The food bars were replaced and the launch is now ready to go.

Other experiments among the more than 250 on board include a new kind of mustard green lettuce that astronauts will grow in space.

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It's Christmas, even if you are located millions of miles away from the earth, into the space. According to NASA, the Rocket experiment will test the reliability in space of a dental glue activated by ultraviolet light, while the Groot experiment will explore an alternative method for watering plants in a zero-gravity environment. The single engine powering the second stage then was expected to ignite to continue the Dragon's climb to orbit.

In late August, sensors detected a small pressure drop in the station's air supply that was traced to a leak in the upper habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 vehicle. It was also reported that SpaceX and NASA will experience a passenger Crew Dragon capsule.

The International Space Station now has six crewmembers; three arrived Monday (Dec. 3), and three have been there since June.

LZ 1 was built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range last used in 1978. The newest residents will remain on board for six months, while the others will return to Earth on December 20.

Astronaut Anne McClain, also from NASA, will monitor telemetry during the spacecraft's approach. The new crew members will assist in the docking of the Dragon cargo ship.