Splashdown! SpaceX Rocket Topples into Water Following Technical Glitch

Falocn 9 first stage ocean landing

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off carrying the Dragon spacecraft at Cape Canaveral on December 5, 2018.

The CRS-16 mission launched supplies to the ISS on Wednesday, but the booster headed for the landing pad missed and landed in the water instead, ending SpaceX's ideal record of 12 previous successful landings.

SpaceX's successful Falcon 9 rocket launch proved to be quite a spectacle for viewers and was considered a success despite the lost booster.

"The important point here is we have a safety function on board that makes sure the vehicle does not go on land until everything is OK, and that worked perfectly", SpaceX vice president Hans Koenisgman said.

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

SpaceX has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the space station as part of what's known as the Commercial Crew program with NASA, but the timeline for the first flights has slipped repeatedly.

In the end, the engineers at SpaceX have taken the booster from the land. Before this 12 times, SpaceX has successfully boosted the booster to the ground.

Alan Musk is the current CEO of SpaceX.

Falcon 9 is now the only reusable rocket booster, which is a major selling point for SpaceX. The agency's current schedule has SpaceX's first uncrewed demonstration flight on January 7 and the first flight with astronauts on board in June.

Two rocket launches last week by Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Maheen is our science geek.

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