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The third time SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket

The third time SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, December 5 for the launch of its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station.

The first stage was previously launched and recovered during missions in May and August as part of a program meant to make the equipment capable of being used 10 or more times without refurbishment.

When SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy, which is essentially powered by three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, the center booster didn't land as planned on a drone-ship in the Atlantic, though the two other rockets returned to ground safely.

SpaceX's live launch coverage will begin about 20 minutes before liftoff.

SpaceX launched the holiday shipment on a Falcon 9 rocket, which pierced the clear, chilly sky.

Groans filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, as live video showed the first-stage rocket booster spinning out of control, still high above Cape Canaveral.

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The 2,200 pounds worth of experiments, in addition to tools and supplies, will arrive two days after a trio of new astronauts were welcomed to the space station. The company's "Block 5" series of Falcon 9 rockets are created to be used as many as 10 times.

Meanwhile, Musk tweeted that the problem was that a "grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea". The crew-carrying version of Dragon is scheduled to fly a test mission next month, and if all goes well, will carry astronauts to the station later in the year in what would be the first crewed flight from USA soil since the space shuttles retired in 2011.

"Teams will use the extra day to replace the food bars", NASA announced Tuesday. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

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. Investigations on the International Space Station are organized by both NASA and the ISS National Lab. The Monday Soyuz trip marked the first crew flight since an anomaly during launch grounded another crew in October.

Astronaut Anne McClain, also from NASA, will monitor telemetry during the spacecraft's approach.