SpaceX rocket booster misses landing as supplies sent to space

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Worm muscles to help astronauts in space

Yet another payload, known as SlingShot, is being brought up on a Dragon for eventual installation on a different type of commercial robotic cargo craft, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule.

The primary mission was an undeniable hit, but this time around, SpaceX's attempt to have the Falcon 9's first-stage booster touch down on a landing pad was a miss. It was the company's first missed ground landing, although it has overshot floating barges plenty of times in the past, a tougher feat to pull off.

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into to orbit on Wednesday, carrying supplies to the ISS. In the background, viewers could still hear the team on-console making callouts as the rocket's landing burn started, culminating in a call for the landing team to "move to contingency procedure [s]", the only SpaceX affirmation that something went wrong.

"Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data".

Forty mice will live aboard the space station in specially designed habitats as part of a study focusing on how microgravity affects bone density, muscle mass and internal organs. "Recovery ship dispatched", Musk said via Twitter today.

Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability, offered a similar explanation at a post-launch briefing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Twenty years ago this week, Cabana commanded the shuttle mission that carried up the first USA part of the space station.

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- Three days and 3,000 miles apart, SpaceX is aiming for their second launch this week, this time with a cargo flight to the space station.

Researchers expect a tenfold increase in the worm population. It turns out their muscles are similar to ours in structure and function, making them ideal lab substitutes, said lead scientist Timothy Etheridge of the University of Exeter in England.

Today's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station might have come even sooner if it weren't for some moldy mouse food. The mission, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, delivered a whopping 64 tiny satellites into orbit, which is the most in a single mission in the history of US spaceflight. The crew includes two Americans, two Russians, one German and one Canadian.

The feed was then cut from the webcast, but groans and cheers could be heard from the crowd at SpaceX headquarters in California as SpaceX engineer Tom Praderio, who was co-hosting the webcast, conveyed the information about the rocket's water landing.

Watch on NASA TV below, or at NASA's website, or via SpaceX's own webcast.

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