Partial success: SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

SpaceX  Flickr The booster or first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket attempting to land

The rocket's Dragon spacecraft made it safely to space, where it's expected to dock at the space station Saturday morning with more than 5,600 pounds of supplies.

But the tall portion of the rocket missed its goal of securing an upright landing on solid ground at Cape Canaveral s Landing Zone 1.

"It seems that the stage is not damaged and is sending data". Musk also shared the video of a rocket landing on his Twitter account.

After the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket in the United States its marching step failed to return to the platform near the start.

There was a problem with the grid fin hydraulic pump, he explained, so the rocket landed in the sea.

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"Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!" The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into a clear, chilly sky; the first-stage booster was aiming for a touchdown back at the launch site, once its job was done. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote.

He once famously described the disastrous crash of an early Falcon 9 booster as "rapid unscheduled disassembly".

The effort is aimed at reducing the cost of launches by re-using expensive components, instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after each mission.

Wednesday's mission (CRS-16) was initially scheduled to blast off on Tuesday, but was postponed for a day after the mission team found that the mouse food in one of the science experiments had gone mouldy. It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station's robot arm.

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